Tiipoi's concrete planters and vases are inspired by Brutalist and urban architecture in India
Who: Tiipoi is a design studio and brand based between London and Bangalore, India. Founded by Spandana Gopal, the studio works with small-scale workshops and independent craftsmen to create design objects including kitchenware, textiles and candles that marries the handmade with industrial production in India.
What: Launched during London Design Festival 2018, Siment is Tiipoi’s latest line of concrete planters and vases inspired by urban infrastructure in present-day India. Public water towers are commonplace in India. While they helped with storage and distribution in the past when water pressure failed due to regular power outages, many of them are now abandoned thanks to the advancement of water-pumping technology. As a result, these 50-metre tall structures simply exist in limbo now, mostly relegated to being a canvas for wheat-pasted political and movie posters. The Siment collection consists of three mini planters, based on these water towers, as well as two vases that are based on highway column supports.
How: A photographic study of the forms of the water towers, and pillars in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore was conducted. Working closely with a manufacturer in Mumbai, the designs are 3D-printed, and then concrete is hand-poured into silicone moulds on a vibrating table to ensure the concrete flows into every corner of the mould.