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RAE 2008

design production and manufacture


Tomoko Azumi

BA Environmental Design, MA RCA Furniture Design.

Research Fellow in Design, Production and Manufacture

RAE Outcomes

Research interests
Furniture, space and product design; the usage of advanced technologies in creative process of 3D, product and exhibition design; how the applications are used in concept developments and to bridge design concepts to emotional quality in result.

Professional activity

2007-2008 - Good Design Award, JIDPO (Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization) - jury member

2007 - Young of the Future Award, Design Miami, Basel - jury member

Design Report Award, SaloneSatellite, Milano - jury member

2005-2007 - 100% Design Tokyo, Reed Exhibition and Design Association, Japan - member of selection board

2004 - Kokuyo Design Award, Japan - jury member

2004 - D&AD Design Award, UK - jury member

2004 - FX International Design Award, FX Magazine, UK - jury member


2007 - ISOS Collection, The Furniture Show, NEC Birmingham; exhibition stand design

2006 - ISOS Collection, The Furniture Show, NEC Birmingham; exhibition stand design

2005 - Nesting Tables, Maruni, Japan


2006 - 10 X Ten, 100% Design, London; work: Tinned Localities

2006 - Digital Explorers: Gravity & Glow - Tomoko Azumi & Assa Ashuach, Metropolitan Works, London, and associated products for this exhibition

Conferences, symposia and seminars

2007 and ongoing - seminar organisation: Design Research Seminar Series, London Metropolitan University. Featuring a variety of design and craft practitioners, as well as supportive bodies and firms in the industry. Review of each seminar is in progress here

2007 - paper: Design and Local Industry in Japan, 100% Design Forum, London. Organised by Reeds Exhibitions and Japan External Trade Organization.

2006 - paper: Digital Technology in Design, Exploring Innovation: Best Practice Forum for Designers, Bloomberg, London. Organised by Hidden Art, London Design Festival, Design-Nation, Metropolitan Works.

2006 - paper: Design Realities and Design Education in the UK, 100% Design Tokyo Seminar, Tokyo, Japan. Organised by Reeds Exhibition, Design Associations and British Council

2006 - Symposium on Design and Life, Tokushima Design Conference, Tokushima, Japan. Organised by Japan Inter-Design Forum.

2005 - paper: Technology and Craftsmanship in Contemporary Design, Nextmaruni Design Forum, Tokyo, Japan

2005 - paper: Design and Manufacturer in Europe, Design & Environment Forum, Hiroshima, Japan. Organised by Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Tomoko Azumi meets Step Stools - chapter in Pullin, Graham: When Design Meets Disability, under peer review for publication in late 2007

Journal articles

A wealth of books and reading: A door to unknown world, book review on Ethnology Quarterly by National Museum of Ethnology, Japan. Axis, Issue 129, p 92. (August 2007)

A wealth of books and reading: I forget about everything when I walk, book review on Great Japanese Essays - Supplementary Volume 32: Walk. Axis, Issue 120, pp. 90-91. April 2006 (ISSN 0285-8223)

Review articles

Atilano Gonzálex-Pérez, Digitalability Exhibition, Design Mai Internationales Designfestival, Berlin. Digitalability, May 2007

Takahiro Tsuchida, Special Features NEXT UK, Interview 1: Tomoko Azumi, photon, Issue 8, p. 16, January 2007

Takahiro Tsuchida, The London Design Festival, Sustainable and Recycle: Ten / 100% Design, photon, Issue 8, p. 26, January 2007

Kiko Matsumoto, 2006 Autumn Tokyo Design Event Report: Design Tide: On Wall, photon, Issue 8, p. 44, January 2007

Sean Ashcroft, Works and Play, Creative Review, November 2006, pp. 42-44.

Fiona Rattray, Cheap and Chic: with just peanuts to spend, 10 designers got crafty, I.D. (The International Design Magazine), December 2006, p. 17. (ISSN 0894-5373)

David Sokol, Lone Star, I.D. (The International Design Magazine), June 2006, pp. 82-87. (ISSN 0894-5373)


2007 - Best Innovation Award by Living Etc, for Millefeuille, The Furniture Show, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham,

2006 - Best contribution to the show, Blueprint / 100% Design, for TEN X 10 stand (includes 'Tinned Localities')

2006 - Best Exhibition Award, The Furniture Show, NEC Birmingham for ISOS exhibition stand.

2004 - Best Designers of the Year, Blueprint Design Sessions, Blueprint, UK - finalist

2004 - Jerwood Applies Arts Prize: Furniture, Crafts Council, UK - finalist

2003 - Best contribution to the show, Blueprint / 100% Design, UK for partnership Azumi

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