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WINDOW A VIEW OF PINKMONDO

There is nothing like a beautiful house. Ever been on a drive down Jubilee Hills and felt taken by the allure of grand and interesting looking homes? Those tall doors, the exquisite wood finishing. There’s a lot of labour and creativity that goes into it, and also, as Mr.Rishan of Pinkmondo says, a tight business partnership at the helm. There is nothing we like better than a good conversation with perfectionists and it turns out, putting together a window is harder than you think.

Why the name Pinkmondo?
Pink means ‘being the best of’ and Mondo is Italian for the ‘world’

Beginnings
I chose this line of work because I love travelling. This is one career in which I get to travel a lot, especially to Europe and New Zealand. Nearly a decade ago my partner Karthik Reddy and I got together to start this trade. We both love luxury and beautiful houses, so we started sourcing things which are not available in the country easily. We specialise in wooden ooring, aluminum windows, doors and we make all kinds. We get windows in colours you can only dream of. We work with a company in Italy called Ponzio, which offers windows in about 650 colours. We try to facilitate and get the best solution for the client that fits his budget as well as the architect’s views. So now people come to us for personalised solutions & our technical expertise. Our customers are mostly celebrities & high profile personalities.

Key to Success
Procuring the right kind of material and researching for the best fit. Now we have solutions for almost any kind of design, whether it calls for metal, stone or wood.



Milestones
We’ve done some huge orders for some prominent clients and the result was fantastic. That put us in the limelight and gave our business a big boost. The other big milestone is tying up with Ponzio, which is an extremely unique brand in the world. We got an agreement with them for the complete South India distribution.

Challenges
We’ve done a neoclassical house recently. They required all wooden finishes and a unique window. It was a challenge. Another client wanted a 30 feet window. Oh god, that was a big task, moving it to his house. But finally we were able to and it was a great relief. It’s not always like this, we have had glass break one or two times while unloading or transferring it into the house. But those are few and far between.

Strong Partnership
Karthik and I go a long way back, we are friends from college and we bonded over our shared interest in cars and automobiles. We got close because we were into tuning and modifying our own vehicles. We were in different institutes but we met through mutual friends and since then we’ve been together. He is my best friend and that is how we got into business together. When you want to go into business with someone it is important that you have a fantastic relationship with that person. Because that person becomes like a second life partner and you must have a balance with them like you have with your own spouse. You must be in tune with each other and that only comes when you are friends first. We have been friends for about 20 years now and business partners for 9 years.

Hopes for the Industry
I just want people to be more proactive in coming up and asking for green products which can be reused, recycled and which are sustainable for a long time. For instance, our windows, instead of wood and plastic, are made of aluminum which is reusable. It can always be melted and remade. As for our wood oors, for every log we use, we ensure we plant another sapling in its place. The cost of these products is higher because they come from official and proper sources. People tend to go for whatever is cheapest in the market from unauthorised sources that are responsible for deforestation. People are slowly moving towards green building products. Unfortunate -ly, because of the nametag, these products are expensive but I believe in due course of time they will become more economical and people will see them as a one-time investment for saving earth.

Advice for homeowners
We advise people to come to us with their architects because it’s a synchronised process. Architects understand the kind of options we have, which can otherwise be very confusing for laymen. When ever people ask us to suggest colours or designs, we tell them to consult their architects because we are specialists of products, not designs.

My aesthetic style
I like rustic design most. You can never get bored with them. Classical is too time-taking and requires a lot of maintenance, so I prefer a neoclassical and rustic design mix. Amir Sharma is doing up my house right now in a rustic manner. He is very creative and delivers what the clients want.

A Day in the Life
Typically my day starts with a workout at the gym. I spend about 2 or 3 hours there per day. My day starts at 10.30 and the first half is spent on co-ordination and the second half goes into architect visits and site visits.

Looking ahead
We’re planning to start a showroom. We shall call it Studio Consortium. Through this brand, we intend to sell highend Italian furniture by December or January. The products will span from wardrobes to indoor and outdoor furniture. We will be catering to a similar clientele. Many architects we have worked with have told us they are very happy with our work and they suggested we get into furniture also so that it becomes an easy, one-stop solution for them. We’re looking to be a full service materials supplying firm. We are also in touch with some people and we are hoping to branch out now. We prefer South India because it is more accessible. In 10 years from now, we would look for stores in Bangalore, Chennai and may be in Kerala.

 
 
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