Shin Azumi; Tomoko Azumi

1 portrait of Shin Azumi

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Shin Azumi; Tomoko Azumi

by Steve Speller
archival inkjet print, 10 August 2004
16 1/2 in. x 11 in. (420 mm x 280 mm)
Commissioned, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x126787

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  • Shin Azumi (1965-), Furniture and product designer. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Tomoko Azumi (1966-), Furniture and product designer. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistback to top

  • Steve Speller (1961-), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 43 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Photographed at their studio in Clapton, London, in May 2004. Shin Azumi is sitting on their Orbital Workstation, a highly regarded product which has been adopted by several schools.

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Current affairs

Armed robbers raid the Northern Bank in Belfast, stealing £26.5 million. Gunmen entered the homes of two bank officials, kidnapping their families and forcing them to let them into the bank, before loading cash into vans and driving away. Police and the British and Irish governments claimed that the Provisional IRA was responsible and several of the people arrested had PIRA, Real IRA and Sinn Féin connections.

Art and science

A fire at Charles Saatchi's art warehouse destroys some of the icons of Brit Art. Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and The Hut by Tracey Emin and works by Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Hume and Rachel Whiteread were among the casualties.


An earthquake in the Indian Ocean on Boxing Day causes a tsunami that kills nearly 230,000 people when it hit the coasts of Southeast Asia. The earthquake itself was the second most powerful ever recorded on a seismograph and waves from the tsunami - the most devastating in history - were up to 30 metres high.

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