Brass and Monochrome
I've added a few new decorative accents to my home recently in brass and monochrome, the most recent of which is this lovely brass Sama tray (Sanskrit for 'circle') by Tiipoi from Clippings.
I first came across Tiipoi at London Design Festival last year. Founded by Spandana Gopal, the company's material approach to design is inspired by a common sense attitude to consumption drawn from the Indian subcontinent "where nothing is wasted and where innovation and improvisation come from the lack of something rather than an excess of it".
I spent a couple of years in India during my early 20s, and the designs are reminiscent of some of the simple, functional, utilitarian pieces I had in my own kitchen back then, but much more refined and beautiful. My tray even arrived carefully wrapped in Indian newsprint style packaging, evoking further memories of the purchases I would carry home from market when I lived there.
Another addition is the feather bookmark from Kosha, a Swiss company whose name coincidentally is also drawn from Sanskrit (meaning 'sheath' or 'vehicle of awareness' in Indian philosophy). It's part of a collection of objects that includes jewellery (feather pendants and earrings) and exquisitely engraved metal plates designed to add beauty to your iphone.
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