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Lap of luxury

Lap of luxury
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First Published: Wed, Oct 01 2008. 09 16 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Oct 01 2008. 09 16 PM IST
New Delhi: The newest trend in ultra luxury comes in tableware, home décor and furniture. Do you want to sip your tea in a cup with 24 karat gold trimmings and a different opera on every piece of the set? Or would you like to have your meal served in a dinner service especially made for the opening ceremony of the Swiss Canal? If the luxury of all this appeals to you, there’s a lot you can look forward to.
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Rosenthal, which opened its doors in India just six months ago, has a 125-year history of making high end tableware and home decor. It’s tea and dining sets have been created by world famous designers including Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Andy Warhol, and many others. Rosenthal combines art, design, and function in its exclusive pieces which are now available in India.
Each design carries with it a legacy of the designer who created it and are exquisitely hand-crafted. A single plate designed by painter Bjorn Wiinblad in 1968, which can also be used as a wall hanging and is trimmed with 24 karat gold, and costs Rs12,000. A 21-piece Versace dinner set will cost you Rs1.4 lakhs.
Another leader among luxury brands, furniture maker Haworth, has tied up with the 135-year-old Danish company Fritz Hansen known for its iconic egg chair, to bring its line of luxury furniture to India. A single chair can cost anywhere from Rs25,000 to Rs4.8 lakhs.
Fritz Hansen furniture, considered a status symbol, has adorned the boardrooms of companies like Hermes, Mercedes Benz, and Oracle. Although its European sales have dipped due to increasing competition and consumers spending less, its Asian business has grown 50% and is projected to grow 70% next year. In India, the plan is to target high-end hotels, multinationals and wealthy individuals – who form the top 1% of the market who understand the importance of design in furniture.
Today’s latest in this line of luxury shares a combination of history, legend, art, design, and functionality.
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First Published: Wed, Oct 01 2008. 09 16 PM IST