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 transforms 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.