Monday 29th August 2016

Azusa Murakami

Azusa and I studied together at the Bartlett, UCL. I wanted to share with you one of the projects that she completed when she was in her final year there – we were actually in the same design unit, so I saw this project from start to finish. This is just a small introduction as we will soon have an interview with her regarding her new studio called Studio Swine, which she set-up following her Masters at the Royal College of Art in Design Products.


Situated on the coast of Funchal, Madeira. The factory contributes to the fast disappearing tradition of embroidery industry in Madeira. The building challenges the notion of the product and the production; where their roles are reversed and reflected within the architecture –  perforation, weaving, staining, sewing. The whole building is held together by friction, as a piece of cloth is held together by each small strand of thread. The factory performs as a theatre of unravelling episodes; based on a ramp system, visitors are taken up to the top floor then slowly moves downwards encountering small vignettes of each process, each becoming an act in the drama of the building.


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