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Our Story

At Tiffinware we feel life shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and hope this is reflected in our whimsical products designed with our customers in mind. If you like quirky, creative things, have a sense of adventure and are busy enjoying life, then you've come to the right place.

 

Doesn't it look like a sweetie shop?

We have a witty eclectic mix from retro kitsch kitchen to stylish tableware, quirky, fun, personalised birthday gifts with a playful 'twist,' created by British Indian designer-maker Risham Chawla, whose work is all about colour. Her aim is to make your day a little more colourful and jazz up your living spaces.

What’s in a name?
What we do?
What we create for you?
How to open your Tiffin Box?
Who we are?
What you lovely customers say?
Say hello!
Giving back…
Keep in touch through our newsletter
Read Our Blog
Risham Chawla Design Studio

What’s in a name?

The word ‘tiffin’ originated in England, meaning ‘a slight repast between breakfast and dinner.’ The word crossed the world to India, where it is still in use, to mean both a packed lunch and the actual tiffin box.

A tiffin carrier is a tier of stainless steel bowls clipped together; widely used in India and south east Asia to take home-cooked food to school or work.

We thought it would be fun to call our Indo-British enterprise ‘Tiffinware’ ~ witty designs with a contemporary twist.

There in an amazing system of lunch delivery in Bombay – Indian style ‘meals on wheels’ - and several films have been made about the Tiffin (Dabba - box) delivery system – the delivery men are called ‘Dabbawalahs’ - do watch the video, its amazing how they carry out this service without a hard copy or computerised system.

What we do?

Our portal takes you on a journey of discovery, bringing you a bit closer to India and things Indian; a colourful brush with a noisy, bright, exuberant life!

What we create for you?

Our design-led product offering consists of home accessories, tableware and gifts. Our style caters to the eclectic boho chic and the stylish, cool classic shoppers.
Tiffinware products are not available on the high street.
We work closely with our artisans, getting to know them personally. We are deeply concerned about the issues of child protection and working conditions, and take great care to ensure the well-being of our craftsmen entrusting them to meet our exacting high standards.
Personalise your purchase by changing the handmade glass beads, take a look its so easy.

How to open your Tiffin Box?

Who we are?

Behind the design

"Tiffinware was dreamt up when my gem set silver spoons (for the V&A Shop) were in the same mind bubble as a metal table I was struggling with. I wanted the base interwoven with glass marbles, that didn’t happen, happily, Tiffinware did!"
Risham is fun, energetic, driven by her love of tactile, shiny objects (like a magpie!) and a desire to create them, she is the woman behind the brand.
She creates products to make you happy, saying ‘everyday items tend to be functional, usually drab, I was keen to provide 'something different.'
Risham's work can only be described as opulent and exotic, ‘we should be surrounded with vibrant pops of glorious colour.’
Such meticulous care is taken with each product's research and development, which sometimes takes months or years of experimentation, and they all have their own story. Every item is handmade as are all the components, which come together to a make unique, distinct style. Her aim is to re-create her warm colourful world for you.

Visit Risham's studio


View the Tiffinware collection at Louis Farouk

113 Highbury Park, London N5 1UB

Mail-order Marvel

Carol, our mail-order marvel, juggler, formidably efficient, runs the day-to-day operations, making up the orders and their dispatch.
When you place an order, your purchase is assembled, made up according to your glass bead selections or clipping together the colour combinations for the enamelware.
Carol lived and worked in Egypt for more than 20 years, combining her love of all things Arabian with strong retail experience, she opened her shop, ‘Louis Farouk’ selling treasures from exotic lands.
You can see the whole range of Tiffinware at Carol's shop, ‘Louis Farouk’ the opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday,11am to 5pm.
Carol can be contacted on: T: +44(0)20 7288 0259 or by email at : hello@tiffinware.com

What you lovely customers say?

"Many thanks for the tiffin boxes - they're beautiful! - and the birthday gift which I saved for my birthday today and which was much appreciated. I am now sorting out recipes for the boxes ready for their first outing! I've read they can keep food hot for 2-3 hours." Julia W

"Thank you. They (enamel mugs) are perfectly sized for a Nespresso Lungo and Espresso." Thomas M J

"Lovely range of things. The sort of things you buy as ‘gifts,’ then keep them yourself!" Janet P

THE MEASURE OF THINGS! - Drinks Measure. "Delightful item and so useful. Well crafted and aesthetically pleasing. Lovely presentation. Couldn't be more pleased and a joy to give to a special friend."  Orphie Cat 5.0 out of 5 stars.

"There's so much to love about Risham's designs - I absolutely adore the coloured steel mugs and cups so much so I have bought enough to last a lifetime!" Caroline G

"Everything I have purchased so far has been very useful, well-made and long-lasting. The cheery colours have added another dimension to our home! Thanks for being so creative, Risham!" Patricia T

"The Mugs are fabulous - this way you can't mix up your cup as long as you remember which colour you chose! We certainly do enjoy them and they make coffee drinking so much more beautiful and enjoyable!" Marianne M

"If you need a present for a friend or just want to add some style to your dining table, then this is the place for you! Tiffinware's designs are fun, stylish, sophisticated and great value for money. The quality is excellent and the items I have still look as good today as they did the day I bought them! And now with online mail order I can send them anywhere in the world - perfect!!" Sarah P

"The customer service is excellent and I was helped with my order efficiently. Thank you!?" Sophia K

Stay in touch

Hello!    +44 (0) 20 7288 0259 mail order enquires, Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm
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Giving Back

Constantly juggling creativity, work/life balance, I am passionate about education, every child deserves a chance. I try to ‘create’ time and volunteer at a small charity, that runs a primary healthcare facility and a preschool school. Over 200 children go to school through our scholarship and bursary scheme – the kids are so cute and earnest, sometimes we just paint. Its wonderful! 

The Support Foundation work with handicapped children and young adults in an effort to integrate them them into society. They believe no one should be treated differently, offering education and vocational training to differently abled. These fabulous children make our packaging. We devised a small income generation project which has given a sense of purpose. The young adults stride in everyday to make the bags for the Enamelware Collection out of newspaper - see, we're recycling too!
For more information visit: www.supportfoundation.in

Quick visit to Risham’s Studio

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the things that go on behind the scenes….

As well as homeware, I design jewellery, scarves, bags, and some garments.

I tend to closely examine products that don’t fill the need, or not available, and try to enhance their usability.

Risham Chawla Design Studio

 

My workshop looking remarkably tidy!

I'm a qualified textile designer and work across many fields, cross cultures, challenging convention mixing media, experimenting with our artistic and design values.

I hope to bring a small curated collection of my other ranges and designs to Tiffinware in 2017.

With the jungles as a back drop growing up, its hardly surprising my inspirations are tropical jungles, large colourful plants, these images permeate repeatedly my work.

As a child we travelled continuously ……. initially from India to West Africa on to the UK, and now the whole family has the travel bug, we travel back and forth to the UK, trying to tick places off my bucket list enroute.

My family (and cat) sit back, watch my antics, as I wade through the washing, cooking, read, enjoy my garden, searching for the things I lose along the way, oh, and
did I say I love to travel ……?!

 

To see the full range of Tiffinware visit

Louis Farouk, 113 Highbury Park, London N5 1UB.


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