INDO- is a contemporary furniture design studio based in Providence, RI.
Founded by Manan Narang and Urvi Sharma, both of whom grew up in New Delhi and met in Providence while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, INDO- is a product of living in and experiencing both places and cultures.
Experimenting with traditional craft processes and modern manufacturing methods to create contemporary objects, INDO- produces work that is both innovative and acknowledges the places and people who inspire it.
Manan is an architect, furniture designer, and maker. He completed his B.Arch from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2011. In 2018, he completed his MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
His work experience includes freelance architecture as well as furniture and lighting design for Kaaru, Studio Endo and Lifestyle Furnishers, his family furniture business which he helped run and develop for 5 years before joining RISD. This helped him build a strong foundation of knowledge on how to manage a small business. His facility for highly demanding, detail oriented design work along with his experience with manufacturing and construction methods allow him to deconstruct and distill traditional craft processes as inspiration for his design work.
Urvi is a product designer based in Providence. She completed her BFA in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017. She has worked with a number of furniture and product design companies in the United States, UK and India, including Established & Sons, Bethan Laura Wood, Nicobar and Studio Endo..
Her work experience in design ranges from small scale studios to large companies, giving her a broad knowledge base on how businesses can be structured as well as on different production methodologies. She uses her experiences growing up in India to create a unique process that embraces aspects of both Indian and American design and production.