Kapoor …what is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear this? For gen x it would be Ranbir Kapoor and for pa and grandpa it could well be Raj Kapoor and Prithviraj Kapoor respectively. Adding to this hierarchy of illustrious last names I bring to you yet another Kapoor – one who has little to do with camera and action but has everything to do with lights and lampshades.
Incepted in 1948 amidst the fervour of post independence India by Shri OP Kapoor, the legacy of Kapoor Lamp Shades has come a long way. Besides catering to an envious list of clients, the company’s products herald numerous national landmarks.
Kapoor Lamp Shades began its journey with chandeliers, but as time went by the bouquet of products and services they offer broadened, encompassing not only individual properties but huge residential and hospitality spaces. The company also offers lighting solutions for monuments, landscapes, museums, shopping malls, retail showrooms under ‘Kapoor Light-Life-Style’, a premium branch of Kapoor Lamp Shades.
Reflective of the inherent Indianess, the company set up its own manufacturing facility in 1968. Moving further they ventured into project based customisation in the 80’s wherein they handled a number of well-known infrastructure projects including corporate spaces around the nation. After Mr. O.P. Kapoor, the illustrious baton was passed on to Mr. Deepak Kapoor who is the Managing Director of Kapoor Lamp Group of Companies.
Kapoor Lamp Shades have come to adorn national landmarks like the T3 International Airport – Delhi, Jaipur Airport, Jodhpur Airport, Central Bank of India – Mumbai, Mumbai University, Cochin Airport, Rajasthan Cricket Club and Mumbai Cricket Club. The corporate spaces include established names like Ericson, Ranbaxy, ITC, Adani, Rolta India, ICICI, etc.
Mr. Deepak points out, “Apart from project customisation, the company also offers customised solutions for individual patrons.” Christened as ‘Kustomlit’ this segment primarily caters to architects, interior designers and customers who are looking for that one-of-a-kind bespoke work of art to illuminate their living and workspaces.
With an interior designer’s need for perfection that requires not only skills but also intuition to go along with a client’s distinct personality, there are many items that are not available off the shelf, but have to be ‘made to order’.
Mr. Deepak says, “This became the rallying point for ‘Kustomlit’; being pioneers in decorative lighting in India, we took this as a challenge to manufacture customised bespoke lighting for the discerning client.”
Being a pioneer also entails that one has to be a visionary in terms of analysing the market choices and this is where the company has been very judicious. Under the guidance of Mr. Deepak Kapoor the company has strategically collaborated with various European brands in order to cater to the stringent requirement of their patrons.
This has made way for additional lighting solutions like technical lighting (cold cathode, LEDs, back lit shaving mirrors), architectural/functional lighting (ceiling recessed down lights) and landscape lighting (outdoor illumination).
The production of these new entrants is being handled by the in-house Indian production facility and the European units based overseas in their respective locales.
Hence if you savour the presence of a truly classic Indian brand in your living spaces or if you are a connoisseur looking for global brands like Lumina, Antrox, Royal Doulton and more, Kapoor Lamp Shades is the destination you should have in mind. The presence of their stores pan India makes the deal a tad bit sweeter; from New Delhi to Bangalore and Chandigarh to Mumbai, Kapoor Lamp Shades is decked up to illumine the entire nation.
Text By Vikas Bhadra