The Geometrist - Making Paper Polyhedra with Tomoko Azumi

 The Geometrist Workshop at Japan House London

In this hands-on workshop, designer Tomoko Azumi and her team from TNA Design Studio show participants how to make and decorate complex geometrical structures called polyhedra from simple strips of paper and glue.

The workshop uses ‘The Geometrist’ paper DIY kit designed by TNA Design Studio in London and produced by Tokyo-based speciality paper company Takeo. The kit provides templates for creating the Platonic solids, the five regular polyhedra which have been known since ancient times, as well as introducing possibilities to extend these core structures into even more complex polyhedra and their compounds.

The Geometrist kit can be purchased from The Shop at Japan House on the day; other decorative materials are provided.


About the designer:
Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1966, Tomoko Azumi trained as an architect at Kyoto City University of Arts before working for an architectural practice in Tokyo. She later studied Furniture Design at the Royal College of Art. Following a ten-year partnership as AZUMI, Tomoko Azumi opened t.n.a. Design Studio in 2005. Alongside her design practice, she has been involved in teaching at both BA and MA level, giving workshops and being a member of design prize juries including D&AD Design Award, UK; imm Köln Design Award, Germany; and Good Design Award, Japan.

Product concept:
'The Geometrist' is a paper DIY kit to make polyhedra. The first two series consist of templates for Platonic Solids, five regular polyhedra known from ancient times. With a simple method of folded paper strips and gluing corners, this kit provides outline polyhedral structures, which allows you to enjoy three-dimensional forms better than surface models, as well as showing the possibilities to extend the paper structure beyond the basic polyhedra. In November The Shop at Japan House will be selling ‘The Geometrist’ DIY paper kit by TNA Design Studio.