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Metro Vase




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Materials concrete
Process concrete casting
Dimensions H 24cm X W 16cm X D 6.6cm, 1.1Kg

8 in stock

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Siment is a collection of concrete vases and planters inspired by urban infrastructure in present-day India. It’s also about how, in India, concrete is often transformed from a purely functional material into an opportunity for decoration. We created typologies of the Brutalist water-towers and flyover infrastructure pillars we found, which had all taken on a secondary or unofficial use over time. They were painted or used as surfaces for expression, and had become ornaments in the neighbourhood. Siment celebrates this blurring of decoration and function and the creation of secondary uses that is omnipresent in Indian life.

Bangalore’s plans to build an overground metro system in the late 90s never came to fruition. Yet dotted around the busiest parts of the city you will still see the desolate but strangely seductive pillars that were installed but on which tracks were never laid. For this concrete vase, we miniaturised the functional and architectural features of these oversized sculptural structures. Pipework and joints were rendered into decorative elements. Each design including the Metro Vase, was 3D-printed, moulds made out of silicone and the pieces cast in concrete.

Other pieces in the collection include concrete planters that are based on Indian Water Towers. Check them out here. You can also see another vase from the same collection called ‘Flyover Vase’ that won a Wallpaper Design Award in 2018.

We are a product design studio based between Bangalore and London.

India fascinates and inspires us. We think that there is more to Indian design than just sticking an elephant on it, and that Indian craft has more to offer than simply repeating the past.

India can seem a pretty chaotic place. But sitting there, quietly are some really incredible, super functional designs. The “designers” of these objects if they can be found at all, aren’t celebrated in the same way as they are in other countries. Instead design is seen as a bi-product of living. This unassuming approach, with an emphasis on a quiet functionality, is what inspires and drives our creative process.

At Tiipoi, we tell positive and insightful stories of a real India, that is changing and shifting all the time. We don’t want to tell nostalgic stories of its past. We prefer to look at what is happening right now, and highlight India’s role in contemporary design.