Ayasa Copper

storage jar



product details

Materialscopper, sheesham wood
Processmetal spinning, wood turning
DimensionsDia. 10.2cm x H 9.7cm, Dia. 10.2cm x H 13.8cm
Capacity0.5L, 0.75L
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The AYASA copper storage jar was one of the first products we ever designed! It is made out of copper on a traditional spinning machine. The lid is hand-turned out of Sheesham, an indigenous hardwood from northern India that is sustainably-sourced. This copper jar is perfect for storing loose-leaf tea or coffee and is food-safe whist being airtight. It comes in two sizes. The copper jar will naturally develop a beautiful patina* over time. We recommend stacking it to create an interesting kitchen display.

* This process can be reversed naturally with the help of a slice of lemon and some salt. Cut a lemon in half, add salt to the cut side and rub the item gently.

Once we had designed  included the jars, we struggled to find a craftsperson capable of doing the metal spinning by hand. Traditional methods aren’t being practiced widely anymore and many machines are now CNC-operated. We searched extensively and eventually found Venkatesh Chinappa, a man with over 25 years’ experience spinning metal on a manual machine.

Venkatesh now makes all of Tiipoi’s brass-, copper- and aluminium-spun products in our Bangalore factory and works closely with an engineer who reads the drawings. Though metal spinning is thought of as an industrial manufacturing process because a machine is involved, it is in reality a highly-specialized manual process that is akin to any skilled handcraft.

Click here to see how we make our jars. We also do a coloured version that you can check out here.

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.