Initially, international modular kitchen companies anchored on Indian shores without a thought on how Indian cooking functions, our climate, how we move about our spaces, or simply, how we open and close shelves. Today though, these companies are customising their fittings to suit our way of life, with stainless steel counters, wet and dry areas for cooking, water-proof marine plywood for humid conditions.
A New Zealand-based appliances company, Fisher & Paykel, had conducted ethnographic studies to adapt their products to Indian homes. “Feedback from customers in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, helped us understand consumer habits and usage. We brought it changes such that now the power modules in our products can withstand irregular power surge, our appliances can handle dust and high humidity levels. Our dishwashers come with water softeners because of the hard water in taps,” says Sanjeev Wadhwa, country manager, Fisher & Paykel.
Indian companies too are entering the ready made kitchens market. Modular kitchens by most Indian manufacturers are growingly easy to maintain, pest-resistant and corrosion-free. They are designed to be flexible
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