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India Today - - CONTENTS - By RIDHI KALE

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.

WHAT’S NEXT?

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)

AT www.kikat­able­ware.com

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

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