Tomoko Azumi was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1966. She studied architecture at Kyoto City University of Arts before beginning her career at an architectural practice in Tokyo. 1993 saw Azumi enrol at the Royal College of Art for a masters degree in furniture design.
Tomoko Azumi opened t.n.a. Design Studio in East London in 2005. Since its conception, the company has undertaken many projects spanning across furniture, interior, exhibition and product design. As well as running her own practice she teaches bachelors and masters students and is a member of multiple design prize judging panels including D&AD Design Award, UK and Good Design Award, Japan.