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Studio Swine is a cross-disciplinary design practice by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves. Azusa graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture and Alexander from the Ruskin School of Fine Art Oxford before both going on to study MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art.
Studio Swine is interested in the emotional function of objects, the stimulation of conceptual design discourse, and the transformation of the undesired and overlooked into objects of attraction. Studio Swine explores desire with social & environmental sustainability, believing that desire is the most powerful instigator of change and action.
Operating in the fields of art, design & fashion, Studio Swine has exhibited at the Barbican Art Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, New York & London Fashion Week. Studio Swine is having their first solo show in São Paulo this Autumn.
Kieren Jones is a designer, maker and researcher based in London, producing small-scale architecture and design interventions in response to the built environment. Through his work, Kieren is particularly interested in exploring the notions of amateurism, anti-design and the position of craft and making in the 21st Century.
Kieren’s work has been widely exhibited in creative institutions such as Somerset House, the Barbican, the IABR, V&A Museum, the RSA and the Gwangju Design Biennale 2011 curated by Chinese Artist, Ai Wei Wei.
Kieren is also known for his subversion of well known Ikea products sparking the ‘Ikea hacking’ movement as well as his ‘Chicken Project’ that saw the production of fine chicken bone china egg cups from scratch and the Blue Fence Project that saw a series of useful objects created from the blue fence surrounding the London Olympic site..