THE REGIONAL SPECIALIST OF WINDOW BLINDS

21 February 2017

LIGHT & SHADE - THE REGIONAL SPECIALIST OF WINDOW BLINDS, CURTAINS & SHADE SOLUTIONS

Light & Shade window solutions are versatile, yet sophisticated, providing added protection to interiors. The available designs cover a vast range of options from energy-efficient roller blinds to natural Bamboo Blinds, from Venetian Blinds to Zebra Blinds, the company matches any size requirement. One of the most successful and in-demand exterior blinds, the Monsoon Blind is also offered by Light & Shade, perfectly suitable for the rapidly changing weather conditions that client countries such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles are famed for.

For the team at Light & Shade, creativity has come in two forms; through innovative thinking, and through an unparalleled understanding of their customers’ progressive lifestyles. It is a combination that has worked wonderfully well for the company that completes ten years of operation this year, celebrating a rapid growth curve.

From humble beginnings as a subsidiary of Rainco, a leading Sri Lankan manufacturer of umbrellas and rain wear back in 2006, Light & Shade has made huge strides to become a recognized lifestyle solutions brand today. A small-scale operation evolving into a fully integrated manufacturer of vast product range of window coverings, shade solutions and much more, the company represents many global brands in the local market today. The defining characteristic has been the daring creativity. Innovation powers the company’s vision of creating better lifestyles through technology, design and usability, while at the same time meeting and exceeding customer satisfaction. The superior quality of products and exceptional customer service has enabled Light & Shade to make their presence felt regionally, reaching out to overseas markets such as Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius.

The company also caters to the huge demand of regular Roller Blinds in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles, popular among consumers and widely used in city apartments, offices, suburban homes and hotel resorts across all four countries. Light & Shade roller blinds are optimized to protect any premises from harmful sun rays, while at the same time, protecting all furnishing and interior décor within the premises. Light too, can be well regulated to either create a soft, diffused daylight effect, or a complete blackout. In addition, the design of the window can be customized with printed curtains according to client specifications.

For shade solutions, the company offers extra protection in the form of extended tensile Fabric Canopies in an assortment of designs and colours. They are ideal for transition spaces between indoors and outdoors, and protect clear glass windows from direct sunlight and glare. Light & Shade Sun Shields add elegance to outdoors with its colour, style and craftsmanship. Solutions include Awnings, Canopies, Tents, Marquees, Shade Sails, Pergolas to Artificial Thatch and Outdoor Fabrics.

One of the more novel concepts introduced to the South Asian region through Light & Shade is Wallpaper, a trend that is catching up quite rapidly across the sub-continent. The company caters to the demanding market as the exclusive agent for international wallpaper brands such as Versace, Haute Couture and Architects Paper.

Having entered the local market as pioneers in introducing Bamboo Blinds, the company was able to discover the perfect components and designs that suited the weather conditions and home requirements of tropical countries like Sri Lanka. This insight enabled the company to move on to the Maldives market, offering similar solutions based on geographical location, weather patterns as well as social progression. Today, the company is in an enviable position of being the only manufacturer of Timber Venetian Blinds in both Sri Lanka and Maldives.

"We can say we are now specialists in the industry in the South Asian region,” comments Irshad Akthar, Chief Operating Officer of Light & Shade. “We have deep knowledge of the external factors that affect the demand of our products and solutions, and also understand the customer satisfaction factor perfectly well. Our Monsoon Blind, yet another pioneering product introduced by Light & Shade is the perfect example of this successful equation. The blind is ideal for the hospitality sector in the South Asian region, as it enables hotel or property visitors to enjoy their tropical scenery, no matter rain or shine." Added to this, the company is now introducing technologically advanced solutions with rain and wind sensors for remote controlled motorized awnings, which are able to retract and close at the hint of rain or high winds. “We know our strength is in creating innovative solutions through novel ideas that are also practically applicable in the real world,” he states.

When it comes to the future and sustaining their place in the industry, as well as the demand, Light & Shade works towards initiating solutions that use more environmentally friendly material and low energy consuming components. From measurement of the windows or shades right up to the installation, followed by superior after-sales services, the company has satisfied more than 10,000 customers across Sri Lanka and Maldives, with some major hospitality projects such as Adaaran Resorts, Anantara Kihavah Villas, Gili Lankanfushi, Four Seasons Resorts and well over 200 more projects in their portfolio of international clientele.

Quality and trust have been closely associated with Light & Shade, an attribute that the company is committed to preserving through extensive focus on service and after-sales care. Light & Shade’s future objective is to adapt to international markets and provide clients with improved ranges and customized solutions, offering superior service in both innovation and quality, keeping pace with new technology entering the market.