Shin and Tomoko met at the Kyoto City University of Art and developed a brand new aesthetically pleasing and functional way of designing furniture. Their goal was to change the way people acted and behaved deliberately, but in a subtle manner. The couple sought to simplify life for their consumers while still producing beautiful, high-quality art. There were several ways they did this in their design.
Salt & Pepper Shakers
The Azumis strove to design concepts that would bring greater functionality to your home. In designing their salt and pepper shakers, they desired to create objects that could be used more gently and easily, as opposed to having the vigorous shaking regular salt and pepper shakers required. They placed the salt and pepper holes lower and vertically on the sides of their shakers to encourage ease of use.
Table = Chest
This design was incredibly unique and created by the Azumis. Their intention was the piece could function beautifully in multiple ways. Stacked, the two pieces created a vertical table, with two drawers for storage. The design was capable of being separated and having the top half removed from the bottom and placed alongside it. This created a low table, or chest, for use, complete with drawers and storage area.
Unique in this design, they were able to create a piece of furniture that could take up a minimal amount of floor space while still having the capacity to function as a low table if necessary. In keeping with the functionality theme, the couple sought to keep a minimalist type of furniture, while being aesthetically pleasing and functional in multiple ways.
LEM Bar Stool
This design was incredibly popular for many consumers. The bar stool integrated a very sleek design that flowed effortlessly to conform to any design palate. There are multiple seat options of veneer or coloring that can allow the seat to stand out or blend in. The footrest on this bar stool is an effortless drop of sleek metal that flows sleekly down from the seat. With swivel capacity and the ability to raise or lower, this chair was functional in many environments.
When designing this seat, the Azumis sought to create a piece that was so light and diffident that the user could appear to be defying gravity. By using negative space and allowing the structure to appear “void,” the Azumis were able to create a seat that genuinely reacted with the area surrounding it.
A current pursuit by the Azumis, Breezescape is the idea that your environment can interact with the art around you. Azumi has created a series of “mobiles,” or hanging art that allows air to flow effortlessly through the piece. Created with black bars or blue rods, they appear to be suspended vertically in the air. With every change of air current or opening of doors, the piece is allowed to move and flow. This creates a sense of interaction with the space you are in and a visible aid to witness the changes in your environment.