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By Christine Pemberton

First take a little girl born in Pune, whose earliest memories are of colourful flowers. (More anon).
Add a childhood spent in Africa, followed by design college in England.
Watch her get married and return to India.
And then sit back and enjoy the pot-pourri of cross cultural design that is Risham Chawla and her Tiffinware company.
And what better place to start than with the iconic Indian tiffin carrier?
With a distinctive Tiffinware twist.

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Meet the humble milk churn, used by families all over India to go collect their milk from a vendor, bright and early in the morning. Tiffinware’s take on these daily items is to make them go dotty. There’s a distinct tongue-in-cheek touch to much of their work.

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Or take the equally humble and ubiquitous steel container. You see them in every hardware store in India, in every kitchen. But it took Risham Chawla’s unerring eye for the colourful (the brighter the better could be her motto) to transfer the mundane into a stylish kitchen statement.

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Perhaps it’s time to discover where this love of colour comes from? It’s practically part of her DNA. A childhood in West Africa with the jewel colours of trade beads and fabulous fabrics, block prints, tie-dyes and the amazing Kente cloth of Ghana, has been reinforced by the riot of vibrant colours seen in everyday life in India.

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Risham was born in Pune, India where her father was director of the Botanical Gardens, and her earliest memories are of giant plants and massive, colourful flowers. These colours - the bright oranges and yellows and especially her trademark gorgeous pink – are translated into bright happy colours, which the designer affectionately describes as “kitchen kitsch”.

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Take yet another regular daily Indian object - the steel spice box, a staple of every kitchen. Transform it into a rainbow-hued confection, and your world just got that little bit brighter.

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case of serious colour and sensory overload. Bit like India, really…

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You do know what the word “tiffin” means? “Tiffin” is a light repast between breakfast and dinner. Originally a provincial English word, introduced into India where it is now part of the vocabulary, it is the ultimate Anglo-Indian word. And, yes, a tiffin-box is perfect for taking that picnic with you.

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Tiffinware is on a mission to brighten up your world, even if it’s lunch at your desk. It’s the combination of traditional + bright jolly colours that is their trademark - and just remember, the brighter the better.

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Espresso cups and coffee spoons are some of the latest products Tiffinware has designed, and always in their distinctive eye-poppingly gorgeous colours. How can you be grumpy and taciturn in the morning, with coffee in these bright colours?

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Since these cups are individually enameled by craftsmen, there will always be a slight irregularity. This is not factory produced, but lovingly handmade. Risham smiles as she says, “I love the fact that every cup may be ever so slightly different. It makes them quirky, and somehow real.”





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