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TNA Design Studio is a multi cultural design team based in East London, led by Tomoko Azumi.  Since being founded in 2005, the studio has undertaken a wide range of design projects in the fields of furniture, interiors, exhibitions and products. It also carries out workshops and research projects.

Although our goals vary according to the nature of the project, we always start with context and history, and work closely with the client, taking into consideration their fabrication methods and materials.  Through our design activities we aim to improve the quality of daily life, its functionality and visual landscape.

安積朋子の主宰する TNA Design Studio は家具、店舗インテリア、展示会デザイン、照明器具や家庭用品などのプロダクトデザインを手がけるほか、デザインワークショップの指導やリサーチ・プ ロジェクトも行います。



"Legacy" for London Design Festival and AHEC, at V&A
14 - 22 September 2019


'Prototype & Experiment Ⅷ'

at The Aram Gallery 

30 Nov 15 - 30 Jan 2016

'Timeline from 1815 to 2015'

at Tokyobike, London
18 - 4 October 2015

'useful + beautiful'

at Geffrye Museum, London
29 April - 25 August 2014

'Objective', Rocket Gallery

Tomoko Azumi solo exhibition
18 September - 20 November 2010

Public Collections


Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1966,

Tomoko Azumi trained as an architect at Kyoto City University of Arts (1985-89 BA Environmental Design ) before working for an architectural practice in Tokyo. 


She later studied Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art (1993-95 MA RCA). 

Following a ten year partnership as AZUMI, Tomoko Azumi opened TNA Design Studio in 2005. 


Alongside of her design practice, she has been involved in teaching at both BA and MA level, giving workshops and being a member of design prize juries including D&AD Design Award, UK; imm Köln Design Award, Germany; and Good Design Award, Japan.

Awards & member of jury

iF Design Award, Germany

member of jury, 2021-22


Design Guild Marks Award, UK Furniture Winner, 2016


Good Design Award, Japa

member of jury, 2006 - 2012


Design A Church Chair, UK

Winner, 2012


Wallpaper Design Award, UK

Best domestic design, 2010

iF Design Award, Germany

Product category, 2009

Birmingham Furniture Fair, UK

Best Stand Design, 2006

Jerwood Furniture Award, UK

finalist, 2004

100% Design Blueprint Award, UK

​Best Contribution, 2003

FX International Design Award

Product of the Year, 2000, UK

1966年広島生まれ。京都市立芸術大学デザイン科環境デザイン学科にて建築を学び、設計事務所に勤務ののち渡英、1995年にRoyal College of Art 家具科を卒業。デザインユニットAZUMIでの活動を経て2005年にTNA Design Studioを設立、現在に至る。

TNA Design Studioでは家具、プロダクト、商業インテリア、展示会の構成などを手がけ、2009年には英国の最高裁判所の家具をデザインした





external critic of Design Products MA, Royal College of Art, UK


2002 - 2016
workshop leading designer at Vitra Design Museum Summer Workshops, Boisbuchet, France

2014 - 2015

project tutor of Interior Design MA, Royal College of Art, UK

2008 - 2011
project tutor of Design Products MA, Royal College of Art, UK

2005 - 2008

platform tutor of Design Products MA, Royal College of Art, UK


2005 - 2008

visiting tutor of Product Design BA, Ravensbourne University of Art and Design, UK

2006 - 2007
research fellow at London Metropolitan University, UK

Recent talks


"Design Transforms" series talk

at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London

"Creative Conversations" by Creative Skills Network, London

"Process of Design" in a lecture series by Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


"Being a Designer" at Aalto University, Helsinki

"Telling Stories Through Design"
Global Design Forum

at V&A, London



"Design Talk with Tomoko Azumi"

at Japan House, London



"Life and Design" at Light & Dishes, Tokyo


"15 years of h-concept and the latest products" at Itoya, Tokyo



"From Jewellery to shop interior" at Kingston University, UK

"Design process: furniture and space" at Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan

『指輪から店舗まで - デザインの過程と縮尺の話』at Musashino University of Art,  Tokyo

"History of chairs within their surroundings" Karasuma Open University, Kyoto


"Design process and variety of measurements" at British Institute of Interior Design, London


Design Lecture Series at D&Department, Osaka

Tomoko Azumi, Director 
Tomoko Azumi


Associated Designer

Jutta Goessl

Member of TNA Design Studio in 2018 - 2022. She had been a member of Raw-Edges Design Studio and received a BA in Arts and Design at FH Joannem Graz. Jutta runs her own design studio in London. 

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Isabel Alonso

Helps TNA Design Studio since May 2021.  Isabel received an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2020.  She also runs her own design projects.

Stine Keinicke

Member of TNA Design Studio in 2017-2018. Stine received an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2015.  She runs her own design studio in London .

Namuun Zimmermann

Member of TNA Design Studio in 2015 - 2017.  Namuun received an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2015, then  formed a design collective team named Common Initiative.  She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London.

James Cadogan

Member of TNA Design Studio 2012 - 2016.  James received an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in 2012 and runs his own practice in the UK.

Barbara Etter

Member of TNA Design Studio 2005 - 2012.  Barbara is a director of Volta Project since 2012.  She received Eidgenössisch Dipl. Designer FH at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zurich in 2004.

Maiko Tsutsumi

Member of TNA Design Studio 2005 - 2012.  Maiko currently runs the MA Designer Maker course at Camberwell College of Arts and is a research fellow of t.n.a. Design Studio.

Yasuyuki Sakurai

Member of TNA Design Studio 2005 - 2011.  Yasuyuki is a director of Mentsen, a practice involved in art direction, graphics, product and space design.

Admin & PR

Hiroko Oda​

Joined TNA Design Studio in 2012.

Hiroko received a Space Design diploma at Joshibi University of Art and Design. She worked in the theatre and music industries before moving to the UK in 2000.


Jisue Park 10/2020-7/2021
Gaia Moon 6-9/2020
Thomas Wheller 4-7/2020
Ben Bruty 1-3/2020

Isabel Alonso 2-5/2020

Poppy Pippin 10/2019 - 1/2020
Erin Karlsson 9-12/2019
Ena Naito 8-9/2019
Minsu Kim 7-9/2019
Adrienn Király 5-7/2019
Napat Chayochaichana 4-7/2019
Sally Chan 1-4/2019

Ellen Svenningsen 10-12/2018

Taiki Takemura 10-12/2018

Yaiza Schmid 8-10/2018

Marie Breuillon-Grisez 7-10/2018

Sarah Kim 2-5/2018
Nicholas Marschner 10-12/2017
Jiabao Zhang 7-9/2017
Junho Seo 5-7/2017

Oscar Rainbird-Chill 3-6/2017

Alvin Chan 1-2/2017
Nathan Hopkin 12/2016-2/2017
Evanne Kok 10/2016
Davide Puccio 7-10/2016
Porntida Kruapat 4-6/2016
Yurii Kasao 10-11/2015
Federica Annacondia 2-7/2015
Isis Cocco 10-12/2014
Li-Hsin Liang 7-9/2014
Daniel Jackson 4-6/2014
Jutta Gößl 1-4/2014
Zak Stratfold 12/2013-1/2014
Yerin Do  7-10/2013
Kirstin Overbeck  4-7/2013
Marie Douel  1-4/2013
Rebecca Loaíza  10-12/2012
Gil Müller  6-9/2012
Katharina Eisenköck  5-8/2012
Scarlet Allenspach  5/2012
Vincent Fan  1-4/2012
Theresa Lusser  6-8/2011
Tim Bouckley  2-5/2011
Jessica Jones 10-11/2010
James Cadogan  7-9/2010
Wilma Pingel  4-6/2010
Jacob Kisker  1-3/2010
Jennifer Rieker  10-12/2009
Leila Chouikh  7-9/2009
Maite del Mundo  4-6/2009
Anne Schiffer  1-3/2009
Wendy Chua  7-9/2008
Helena Jonasson  4-7/2008
Nina Hausammann  1-3/2008
Nic Wallenberg  10-12/2007
Thorunn Arnadottir  7-9/2007
Alice Lasaga  4-8/2007
Pierric Verger  2-4/2007
Theodore Richardson  10-12/2006
Samuel Wingate  7-9/2006
Stefan Mathys  4-7/2006
Machiko Yanagi  11/2005-2/2006
Karin Lehmann  9-11/2005
Tim Yeoh  6-9/2005

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