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Design - Table=Chest


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    12 January 1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Azumi, Tomoko, born 1966 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Tomoko Azumi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10G

Multi-functional flexible furniture was the key to the 1990's interior. As living spaces got smaller, the pressure on furniture to have more than one function and to justify its very existence were the issues challenging designers. In solving this problem, Tomoko Azumi wanted to design furniture that would make home-living easier and enjoyable. These preliminary sketches for 'Table=Chest', taken from Azumi's sketchook in her final year of Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art, London, show how she developed the idea that the piece would involve some sort of movement which transformed its function and form. The result is neat and elegant, whilst also being very practical.

Physical description

Sheet from a sketchbook showing working drawings for 'Table=Chest'. The drawings illustrate the various configurations of the piece of furniture.

Place of Origin

London (made)


12 January 1995 (made)


Azumi, Tomoko, born 1966 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in pencil and blue watercolour with notes


Height: 296 mm, Width: 415 mm

Descriptive line

Sheet from a sketchbook showing design for 'Table=Chest' by Tomoko Azumi, pencil and watercolour, London, 1995

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fiona Leslie, Designs for Twentieth Century Interiors, V&A Publications, 2000, p. 65


Paper; Pencil; Watercolour



Subjects depicted



Drawings; Designs; Furniture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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