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Interview with : R Kurup, Modular Kitchens

The traditional look of an Indian kitchen is transforming with the implementation of modular kitchen designs.  The modern kitchen concepts have improved the functionality and addressed the issue of kitchen storage space. But what makes a modular kitchen different from a traditional one is the avant-garde design ideas in interior décor, floor plan and furniture layout, says R Kurup, Chief Marketing Officer, H&R Johnson (India).

Reasons for the rising trend of modular kitchens in India

The growth in the income pattern of the urban population and the resultant improvements in the standard of living have been the driving factors for home owners to go for better amenities and interior designs suiting individual lifestyles during construction or renovation of homes. Traditional kitchens are now getting converted to modular units because of changing perspectives on home aesthetics, increasing spending power and rise in the number of working women. Civil kitchens provide a limited range in terms of design and finishes, whereas, modular kitchens offer wider range, clean, modern and trendy look and designs with a variety of contemporary finishes. Additionally, the increasing number of nuclear families and increasing affordability of modular kitchens are further creating a demand for modular kitchens in India.

The kitchen products are available in two styles – European and Indian. Each style offers a wide range of finishes, colours and designs to suit customers’ tastes, budgets and preferences. Since modular kitchens can be visualized, customers are more comfortable as they know what to expect in terms of the finished design and layout. Incorporated lighting, soft closing doors and high end accessories have become the norm.

The current trend includes handle-less doors, soft closing drawers, top open-able glass doors and built-in appliances. Pastel shades and wooden finish kitchens are the fastest growing trends in the modular kitchen segment.

Kitchen customization keeping in mind Indian conditions

In India, people prefer fresh food to packaged foods and only store food grains and other edibles in bulk. Keeping the above factors in mind, an Indian kitchen needs to be well organized with a large storage space. Modular kitchen space management solutions can utilize problem areas like corners and create 30% more storage than civil kitchens. Also, as Indian cooking involves more of wet dishes; it is increasingly prone to moisture and greasiness in the kitchen. As a result, cabinets and counter tops need to be rust free and grease resistant. There are customized cabinets and drawers to prevent water seepage and servant handling reinforcements which are required for the Indian environment.

The Indian collection offers kitchens using water-resistant marine ply for cabinets which is preferable in excessively humid climatic conditions and specifically for Indian style of cooking. Home owners demand a well planned kitchen that utilizes every available space and at the same time gives a clutter free and spacious look. A modular kitchen composed of different modules of cabinets can easily be integrated or disintegrated, thus increasing portability and effective use of available space.

Materials used for countertops

Countertops can be made from a wide range of materials depending on the materials selected by the customer. Johnson Kitchens’ countertops are available in various materials and finishes like, marble, granite, composite, wooden and steel. Most widely used are granite tops due to its hardness. Laminated counter-tops are also popular and can be used, provided there is a careful use of water.

Proper installation and maintenance of modular kitchens

Installation of a modular kitchen does not take much time or effort. It can be installed at the site without creating any noise, dust or mess. The processes involved in design and installation of modular kitchen consists of critical aspects like the accurate physical measurements at site, client discussion and design finalization, correct parts ordering for manufacturing and finally quick installation at the home site. Maintenance can easily be done on a modular kitchen, as each part of the kitchen can be separated for cleaning and assembled again in no time. Moreover, as all drawers and cabinets can be pulled out fully, one can properly access every corner of the kitchen. Also, each part of the kitchen is a separate module and therefore if a part of the kitchen needs to be replaced, it can be done very easily.


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