Pankaj Narain is a Furniture Design Alumnus from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He holds a post graduate certification in teaching and learning in higher education from Kingston University, UK and has a teaching experience of over 14 years at various design institutes in the country. He has also completed a certification programme in Wood Seasoning from The Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. Currently, he teaches at Indian Institute of Art and Design. In the past he has taught at Pearl Academy of Fashion, NID – Kurukshetra, IILM – Gurgaon etc. to name a few and has been an External Jury member for Product and
Furniture Design at a number of renowned National Institutes.
Wood joineries, indigenous Timbers, Furniture Design is his key area of interest and he has developed an expansive collection of wooden products while working with 5 craft sectors and 20 indigenous species of wood, which he successfully retails under the brand name of “The Beehive India.” At his studio he continuously experiments, explores and spends time in researching on the possibility of wood and intends to appropriately apply it into their suitable application based on
their property , colour, texture and grain. In the past he has worked with several Indian crafts including Ship building, Comb making craft, turned wood lacquer, bamboo, wood, brass and stone inlay etc.
As a designer and educator he is keen to look deeper into Indian design language, innovating with Indian materials , learning from traditional knowledge often takes inspiration from heritage and nature.