Spanish lifestyle and collectible art label Lladro has finally arrived in Kolkata, right in time for your holiday decor shopping
For almost seven decades now, Spanish lifestyle brand Lladro has been a leading presence in design, manufacturing and distribution of handcrafted porcelain art across the world; one of the most crucial names to have paved the way for virtuoso techniques in high porcelain collectables, jewellery, sculptures, home decor, the label’s diversified design elements have been winning over the country for the last 13 years.
Lladro has finally arrived in Kolkata and you’ll be happy to hear that the flawless gloss finish Frida Kahlo bust from your Instagram search history could be ticked right off of your bucket list. We caught up with Nikhil Lamba, CEO Lladro India, to know more about the brand’s vision for the City of Joy:
Tell us what we can expect at the Kolkata flagship of the brand
Renowned Puerto Rican architect Héctor Ruiz Velázquez has developed the interiors inspired by the brand’s creative universe in tandem with the brand’s in-house team. Similar new concept Lladró stores are located in Madrid, London and New Delhi. The new boutique offers Lladró’s complete range of products – sculptures, lighting, home decor, fragrances and jewellery.
Also on display are our new categories consisting of Design Sculptures, Designer Contemporary Lighting Collection Night bloom by Marcel Wanders, six collections of porcelain jewellery and Disney licensed sculptures.
Tell us a little about how the brand has evolved with millennial, new-age needs..
Currently minimalistic, exclusive numbers are the emerging trends worldwide. Our clients are now aware of the latest trends and designs, they are well travelled and do not mind paying for exclusivity and bespoke experiences. We have a lot of young buyers and keeping the new-age needs in mind the brand has diversified into contemporary jewellery and modern lighting, and there are collaborations with designers like Marcel Wanders, Jaime Hayon, Bodo Sperlein, Hisakazu Shimizu, Tim Biskup etc.
What have been some of your most consistent best-sellers in the city?
40% to 45% of our sales contribution comes in from The Spirit of India (SOI) collection. In the past, the High Porcelain Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, Ram Darbar, Goddess Saraswati have been well received. The Lord Balaji launched in 2018, is by far the most detailed Indian creation. The latest 2019 offering is High Porcelain Gita Saar (depicting an episode from the Mahabharata), a limited edition range with just 299 pieces.
Tell us a little about your line of Christmas decor. Are they available in the Kolkata store?
Every year Lladró launches something special for Christmas classified under Christmas Nativity, Christmas Décor and Christmas gifting. We have some of the numbers available at the new store like the angels, lithophanes-nativity Santa Claus, Madonna, snowflake lithophanes etc. If a client wants something which is not available at the store we can always place the order and get it from Spain in about 2 to 3 weeks.
Price starts from Rs 5,000