The Za-Angle bench and the Za1 bench Lapalma designed by Shin and Tomoko Azumi are stackable benches which come in laquered aluminium, blanched oak or in dark walnut.
Shin and Tomoko Azumi were born in Japan: Shin in Kobe in 1965 and Tomoko in Hiroshima in 1966. They met at Kyoto City University of Art, where they studied product design and environmental design respectively. Their first collaboration was a group sculpture project in their first year in Kyoto. With a group of students from Goldsmith’s and the nearby Laban Centre, they formed a performing group which put on an original theatre piece, Breath, at the 1993 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Shin later observed that the experience of collaborating with their fellow performers made him more “attentive to picking up and reflecting the movements of daily life in a work.” The couple also credits Breath with enhancing the “theatrical quality” of their designs.
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