Shin and Tomoko Azumi have brought innovation to a range of products, from subwoofer speakers to salt and pepper shakers to their LEM Piston Stool (2000). Named Product of the Year at the FX International Interior Design Awards in the year of its release, the often copied LEM Piston Stool reveals a rigorous and original rethinking of the form and function of seating. The sculptural seat not only swivels but also adjusts easily from counter height to bar height with a lever that activates a gas cylinder. While utility strongly determines its form, this unique stool also has a visual lightness that creates the illusion of freedom from gravity. After designing the LEM Piston Stool, Shin and Tomoko Azumi dissolved their partnership to start solo practices, and they both still develop furniture, lighting and interiors for clients worldwide. LEM is included in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Made in Italy.
Zinc-plated metal base with stainless steel layer; matte chromed steel column; plywood seat with blanched or dark stained oak veneer and stainless steel frame.
Consisting of the Japanese team of Shin and Tomoko Azumi, the London-based AZUMI Studio has produced some of the wittiest furniture and products in recent memory. Trained first in Japan then at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London (alma mater to Jasper Morrison, among others), the Azumis established their design studio in 1995. In the short time since, they have won numerous awards for their designs, including "Product of the Year" at the International Interior Design Awards in 2000 for the LEM Piston Stool. The stool's simple form belies a sophisticated understanding of materials and technology, enabling intuitive use of an original seating. This same unique perspective also produced the "Table=Chest", an apparently simple piece of wood furniture that tranforms from a low table to a chest of drawers in a few turns. Indicative of the future of international design, the work of AZUMI Studio is in numerous design collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. Read more >