Add Japanese Touch To Your Interiors With Shin And Tomoko Azumi Designed Furniture
If you are looking for a fun filled and innovative furniture design to adorn the living rooms of your home, then you need to take a look at the attractive and innovative creations and designs of Japanese designers Shin and Tomoko Azumi. The Azumis, Shin and Tomoko, were born and brought up in Japan. Both of them met during the college days at the Royal College of Art in the early 1990s. They have lived and worked together in London after completing their respective degrees. Now, they have been separated and work in their own individual studios. Shin was born in Kobe in the year 1965 and Tomoko was born in 19966 in Hiroshima. Shin graduated from the Kyoto City University of Art with a production designer degree and Tomoko completed her degree in environmental design.
Shin and Tomoko’s first design together was when they were doing their first year at the Kyoto City University of Art and they got together for a group sculpture project. Shin finished his graduation in 1989 and first worked in the personal computer department of the popular NEC group. Tomoko after her graduation joined Kazuhiro Ishii's architectural practice to hone her architectural skills. Shin then moved on to London to do an industrial design course at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London and Tomoko also moved along with him to London for better job prospects. Shin got his MA in Industrial design from London in the year 1994. He joined hands with Tomoko to create a new design unit called “Azumi”. This unit was set up along with Tomoko, his wife and design partner in London in the year 1995. They both stayed untied and worked together for ten years till 2005. After that, Shin Azumi started his own design studio called ‘a studio’. Tomoko Azumi has also set up her own design studio called t.n.a design studio in London in 2005.
Shin and Tomoko started to showcase their talent to the outside world by offering limited editions of their production and collecting commissions for their work from manufacturers. Some of the popular furniture design that they designed in their early days were the Table = Chest in 1995, Wire frame chair, cross table, overture for RCA degrees show, wire frame stool= shelf and the big armchair. Some of the popular awards that the Azumi’s have won for their works include: Wire Frame Chair & stool, Good Design Award, JIDPO, Japan; "Product of the Year" LEM stool, FX International Interior Design Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003; "Best Furniture for Public Space " Orbital Workstation, Elle Decoration Award & Best Furniture and many more. Some of the designs of the Azumi’s have been included in a lot of museums worldwide like the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Neue Sammlung, the Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, in Germany and the Crafts Council in London. Shin and Tomoko Azumi parted ways and got divorced in 2005 after which both of them started their own design studios.