Paper and stone have properties that are contradicting: the one is light, translucent and manipulable, the other is heavy, opaque and resistant. Using these simple materials, we ask participants to create objects – personal utensils or gifts for the surrounding landscape which celebrate these contradictions. Your results might take form as pieces of furniture, accessories, a new space or a wearable architecture.
Sponsor for this workshop is the Italian paper company Fedrigoni.
Tomoko Azumi graduated with a BA in Environmental Design at Kyoto City University of Art in 1989, worked for architectural practices and moved to London in 1992. After graduating with an MA in Furniture Design from Royal College of Art in 1995, she started the partnership-studio AZUMI in London, showed their works in several exhibitions and began working for international clients such as Lapalma (Italy), Authentics (Germany), Habitat (UK) and Muji (Japan).
In 2005, she set up her own practice, TNA Design Studio, in London. Since then she has continued to work for furniture and lighting manufacturers as well as designing exhibitions and site specific pieces, together with a team that shares her philosophy and aesthetics. Their latest projects include furniture for The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Hexad tables for Rocket Gallery and Benchmark Furniture (UK), the Little Woods lamp for Maxray (Japan), and the AT-AT writing bureau for Röthlisberger (Switzerland). Mrs. Azumi is also involved in group exhibitions with design collective TEN in order to raise discussions on environmental issues in design industries.
Tomoko Azumi’s works are in various public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (UK), the Crafts Council (UK) and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
She is Project Tutor for Design Products at Royal College of Art (London) since 2005 and on the Judging panel of the Good Design Award (JIDPO) in Japan since 2007. She was a jury team member at Cologne’s IMM Design Award and on the 100% Design London selection board in 2010.