Tiipoi was created by London-based Spandana Gopal with a view to harnessing present-day India’s manufacturing capabilities by using materials that have a true currency in India’s tradition, reinterpreted through modern design.
Tiipoi’s first collection of tableware, manufactured in India, showcased the potential of traditional production centres across the country using materials such as brass, copper, wood and stone. The collection was inspired by design features and forms of everyday objects found in the Indian home that have been largely overlooked despite their functional and utilitarian value.
In addition to this collection, Tiipoi also produced the Mirror 6 – a mirror so special it is painstakenly handcrafted in the small Keralan town of Aranmula, using a process that has been perfected over more than 600 years. The bronze has highly reflective properties and the highly polished surface results in a true reflection with no refraction, unlike glass mirrors. These mirrors are therefore highly prized, historically used by royalty – indeed there is one the British Museum. Mirror 6 was launched in September 2014 during London Design Festival, with Tiipoi’s aim being to honour India’s ancient craftsmanship through modern shapes.