Paper to Product: The journey of Tiipoi’s Collection

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Development of Ayasa Pourer #howtotestprototypes

From studio newbies we’ve come a long way to create our own critical paths, from envisaging a product-to investing in a mould-to making a few hundred. Having started out with glamorous ideas, that are never spoken about in retrospect, we then cut back on the excess – which was everything that made the product something else. Nothing can ever replace first-hand research – going to shops, photographing people, buying things, studying them, eating from them, playing with them.

What we found hardest to do was believe in ourselves. It’s like a lonely bridge that welcomes you to the land of no return. Once you are on it, you start paying for moulds and material. Machines, people, transport. And time.

Each member of the Tiipoi family came about from a careful dissection of existing classics from India.  Understanding how they were used directly influenced the way they were made.

The Lota/Chambu - our prized classic. We've looked to it to inspire our range of Kosa storage jars in glass, apart from being a cultural hero, also talked about extensively by the Eameses as a symbol of design in India

The Lota/Chambu – our prized classic. We’ve looked to it to inspire our range of Kosa storage jars in glass, apart from being a cultural hero, also talked about extensively by the Eameses as a symbol of design in India. Read about the Eameses in IndiaChatti - Tiipoi - Studio

We’ve had a look at the profile of this traditional aluminium rice Chatti used across homes in Southern India. An inspiration for the profile of our spun Chakra trivets and Kosa storage jars

With most of India's storage being in stainless steel - we decided to explore everyday forms in classic materials like brass and copper, that were being replaced by cheaper alternatives. These tight lids aren't the most practical (being a really tight fit in SS!) which is why our Ayasa containers have wooden lids (in NEEM) with seals, solving the airtight problem

Most of India’s storage was traditionally made in stainless steel – we decided to explore everyday forms in classic materials like brass and copper, that were being replaced by cheaper alternatives. The tight lids in stainless steel aren’t the most practical, with a very tight fit, which is why our Ayasa containers have wooden lids – in Neem – with seals, thereby remaining airtight

Copper Chombu

Working with small and medium scale manufacturers, who cater to a domestic market largely dominated by objects such as these Chombus, we’ve reappropriated traditional methods to make Tiipoi products – using materials like copper that have a true currency in daily life across India. Our copper range includes Ayasa, Chakra, Loha, and Sama

By using a universal design language, we are helping revive smaller industrial units. For example, a majority of our metal products are spun using existing production setups that exist in India today; only we’ve reinterpreted these capabilities through modern design. See Loha, our spun copper bowl

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