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Tomoko Azumi

Georgian and Victorian Reclaimed Roof Tile Birdhouses
Reclaimed roof tile, pine

Azumi’s birdhouses were created as part of an exhibition by the design collective TEN; a London-based group of designers who work together annually exploring issues of sustainability in design. In 2009, the brief was to develop work utilising digital technologies.

Azumi was mindful of the high energy consumption inherent in many digital tools. In response, she decided to use reclaimed materials that would otherwise be wasted, in combination with digital techniques. To reduce manufacturing processes, the facade patterns are laser etched at the same time as the board is laser cut. The decoration refers to the house designs from which the custom-cut roof tiles originate.


Azumi trained as an architect at Kyoto City University of Arts, graduating in 1989. After working for an architectural practice in Tokyo, she went on to study furniture design at the Royal College of Art from 1993–95, and opened design practice AZUMI with Shin Azumi in London. In 2005 she set up her own practice TNA Design Studio.

She has also been involved with the TEN design collective who work together annually to explore issues of sustainability in design. Azumi teaches at the Royal College of Art and is on the selection panel for IMM Cologne, the Good Design Award, Japan and 100% Design, London.


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