ON A PLATE
Janaki Kirloskar’s Bangalore-based tableware brand is the perfect marriage of whimsy, stylish aesthetics and quality ceramics
Toucans dancing on stylish bowls, lotuses blooming on pretty mugs and leaves whispering on gold-rimmed plates—how is that for a visual extravaganza? You, may be what you eat, but for 36-year-old Janaki Kirloskar, on what you eat is as important. But it wasn’t always so. The daughter of Bangalore-based industrialist Vijay Kirloskar is an industrial engineer and dabbled in the family business for 12 years before turning to tableware when doing up here home. She realised either tableware was interesting but too expensive or mundane and cheap. “The idea was conceptualised about a year ago and the company was officially incorporated in November 2016. We launched our first two collections in February 2017,” says Janaki, who is the founder and CEO of KIKA Tableware, adding, “The brand offers luxurious and beautifully designed tableware at more affordable prices.” Her engineering background allows her to see patterns, while her collections are inspired by the world around her. She calls her company KIKA as it the amalgamation of the names of her two daughters (Devaki and Mihika).
WHAT ALL DO YOU RETAIL?
At KIKA tableware we offer a variety of products which include dinner plates, quarter plates, serving platters, serving bowls, mugs and tea sets. They are made from premium quality bone china, porcelain or stoneware and are finished in 24 carat gold or platinum detailing. Each piece is designed meticulously to complement each other and I encourage my customers to mix and match their tableware from the collections. The Lotus Pond Collection evokes a sense of peace and beauty. The Tropical Paradise Collection brings about energy and vibrancy to the table. The Grand Heritage range shows off the regal splendour of Rajasthan, while the Gilded Graphic Collection is about all things sparkly and adds a bling factor to the dinner table.
WHO DESIGNS THEM?
I collaborate with talented graphic designers to design the products. However, the designs are exclusively owned by us, which means you won’t find these anywhere else. We pride ourselves on creating new designs and adding new products; we aim to have something new for our customers every few months.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MANUFACTURE THE PIECES?
The Design process begins with the graphic designer and me exploring designs stories and ideas, We then create motifs and visuals which are then implemented onto different forms of tableware. A new collection takes three to four months to plan and execute.
Our plans for 2018 are to increase our market presence in India through pop up exhibitions and design showcases in the metro cities. We are also looking at entering new markets in the Middle East and South East Asia in 2018. We have three new designs in the pipeline and we hope to be launching these in the first half of 2018. We will also be introducing flatware and this will soon be followed by our barware, serve ware and linen collections. PRICE From `460 (for a katori bowl) to `3,550 (for the largest platter)
Founder and CEO Janaki Kirloskar
PITTER PLATTER Clockwise from left: Plates and bowls from the Grand Heritage collection and Gilded Graphic collection; mug, bowl and platters from Tropical Paradise collection with dancing toucans