Tiipoi

Tiipoi is a London based brand and design studio that launched its first collection of products during London Design Festival ’14. Spandana Gopal is Tiipoi’s Founder and Creative Director. Tiipoi believes in good materials, and that good design is often invisible. Rather than adding to the exploding world of designed products, Tiipoi adapts from existing classics in order to champion lesser known design concepts from the Indian subcontinent. The word Tiipoi comes from ‘tiinpai’, a 3-legged stool that has its colonial origins from the British Raj in India in the late 1800’s. It is assumed that something was lost in translation, as it later came to be referred to as a ‘teapoy’ used as a tea caddy. There is a suspicion that it is because of the ‘Tea’ sound in the word. Tiipoi will be showing their collection of kitchenware, serveware and textiles that include rugs and cushions. The collections have been designed in collaboration with smaller-scale manufacturers and independent craftsmen across India, bringing together handmade and semi-automatic production – an aspect that is unique to India’s eco-system of design, craft and manufacturing.