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18.05.2016

All alone without a chair in this world? Invite Ashley, Shelby, Chester, Elliott and their friends over to your home. They’re perfect company for television watching, novel reading and will even lend an arm when you want to doze off after a long day at work. 

These friends we met through Komal Sandhu, furniture designer and founder of The Pink Chair, whose swimming pool-facing studio specialises in mid-century armchairs and sofas. We sit, sink, resurface during chair trials, picking comfy seats that feel like grandma’s lap, stuck up sofas with blooming roses and geometric patterns and mid-century chairs with bold African prints. 

They’re perfect company for television watching, novel reading and will even lend an arm when you want to doze off after a long day at work. 

“Six years ago, I was walking past a Hunter Furniture’s store window in New Zealand and noticed a cluster of wonderful purple and green chairs. I immediately went in to the shop and asked them to hire me,” she says, talking about the seed of this enterprise. Komal worked part-time at the store while finishing up her MBA and finally returned to Bangalore to make chairs. 

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She began researching immediately, drawing from her past experience: client servicing at O&M in Mumbai; selling to buyers at Lee; a year-long stint with Walter Knoll, an award-winning German furniture company. 

Komal takes little breaks in between speaking to us, purring and fussing over colonial chairs and Victorian benches, talking about them like they’re bikes (some of them cost as much too). “I love involving the client in the custom-making process. Several test drives are involved, with upholstery experts standing by.”

You can spot The Pink Chair’s colonial armchairs at The Waverly in Whitefield, or the Victorian tearoom at an Ooty homestay. “My furniture is perfect for creating little nooks in your home,” she promises. 

We have our eye on the wingback Chester. We can’t afford him today, but we know that one day he’ll want to go home with us. 

Getting there: The Pink Chair, Rohan Jharoka, Kempapura, Bellandur. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, call 9880395889. Find them here on Facebook, or log on here.

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