Shin and Tomoko Azumi
Shin and Tomoko Azumi worked together from studying at the Royal College of Art in the 1990s until 2004 when they parted ways to produce work through individual design studios. They have an elegant, playful style and describe their work as being about “changing people’s behavior in a subtle way.”
The Azumis worked with Isokon Plus to create the Donkey 3 in 2003 which was a rationalisation of both previous versions and continues to be a popular item. They also designed the compact Shipshape storage unit which is no longer in production. Find out more about Shin and Tomoko Azumi.
Barber & Osgerby
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their design studio in 1996 after graduating with Master’s degrees in Architecture from the Royal College of Art in London. Barber Osgerby first worked with Isokon Plus in 1996 to create the Loop Coffee Table and have since designed the Loop Shelves, Loop Console Table, Home Dining Table, Flight Stool and Portsmouth Bench. In 2014 the Barber Osgerby designed and Isokon Plus manufactured collaboration won the Bodleian Libraries Chair Competition. This chair will soon be in production as the newest addition to the range.
Barber Osgerby have designed for Vitra, Swarovski, Cappellini amongst others and were also asked to design the London 2012 Olympic Torch. They have won many design awards and their work is held in permanent collections around the world. Visit the Barber Osgerby website.
Ernest Race an English textile and furniture designer born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1913, was one of the most inventive and challenging exponents of mid-century British design. Through his early career as a draughtsman Race came into contact with many of the leading British and émigré European Modernist figureheads, including Walter Gropius and the founder of Isokon, Jack Pritchard. He developed an innovative range of aluminium furniture in the post-war years and launched his best-known designs, the BA3 Aluminium Chair and the Antelope Chair in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. He was asked by Jack Pritchard to redesign the Penguin Donkey in 1963 and he created the Isokon Penguin Donkey 2 which retained the pannier’s of Riss’s design but instead of curves had a linear form with a flat top for use as a side table.
Egon Riss was born in Austria in 1901. He was educated at the Weiner Technische Hochschule (the Vienna Institute of Technology and Science) in 1923 and also at the Bauhaus in Weimar where he became acquainted with Oskar Kokoschka and Paul Klee. He quickly established a reputation by winning a competition to design a clinic and health insurance office, followed by a number of other public buildings and private houses of advanced design. He lived at the Law Road Flats during 1939 and in collaboration with jack Pritchard, designed the Donkey, The Gull, The Bottleship and the Pocket Bottleship.
Michael Sodeau was born in London in 1969. He studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design where he graduated in 1994. He was a founding partner in Inflate and set up his own design studio Michael Sodeau Partnership in 1997. His range of Wing Units were created with Isokon Plus in 1999.
Michael has also designed for several other manufacturers that include Abet, Asplund, Bute, Christopher Farr, E&Y, Gervasoni, Gordon Russell, Livit, SCP and Wedgwood. Michael Sodeau has exhibited internationally and has had solo shows in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo. He also has designs in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum and Black Dog published a book on Michael Sodeau entitled 'Once upon a line'. Visit Michael Sodeau's website.
Hein Stolle was a Dutch architect and furniture designer. From 1946-1950 he was a member of the Groep & alongside Wim den Boon and Pierre Kleykamp and during the early 1950s, in collaboration, with Martin Visser he designed furniture for the department stores de Bijenkorf and Merz & Co. For the Isokon range Stolle designed the T46 Coffee table in 1946 which is produced from one sheet of laminated veneer. The design was not put into production until 2001.