Azusa Murakami & Alexander Groves

Founders at Studio Swine, London


Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves are the minds behind Studio Swine, an internationally renowned design practice. Working with the likes of Veuve Clicquot, Heineken and Unileve, Murakami and Groves have created interdisciplinary projects in countless locales. They believe in design that is a product of a region—its culture, crafts and resources. While sailing England’s coast, they captured the following images, rich with crystalline blues, smoky greys and thick grain.



Your idea of happiness?

AZUSA: When I have no regret about the things I have done.

ALEX: Connecting with a someone about a shared love.


Your idea of misery?

AZUSA: Not reaching my potential.

ALEX: Feeling disconnected from everyone at a party.


If not yourself, who would you be? 

AZUSA: A well-manicured pug.

ALEX: M. Gustave.


Your heroes?

AZUSA: Charles and Ray Eames.

ALEX: Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.


What is your present state of mind?

AZUSA: Hunger for something.

ALEX: Je suis fatigue.


Bedside table books?

AZUSA: 1Q84.

ALEX: How To Be a Man by Glenn O'Brien; Kim by Rudyard Kipling.


What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?

AZUSA: I imagine an empty television with white noise.

ALEX: Keep my eyes shut and lay still, apparently it has the same restorative effect as sleeping.


Do you collect anything? 

AZUSA: I don’t like things to accumulate in my house.

ALEX: Space is more valuable than stuff however I can't resist a particular type of Elvis mirror.


What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

AZUSA: That I will be famous one day.

ALEX: That sharks could swim on land.


Favorite color? 

AZUSA: Salmon pink.

ALEX: The blue-green of the Venice Laguna.


Favorite city?

AZUSA: Los Angeles.

ALEX: Tokyo.


What are your plans for this weekend?

AZUSA: Going to Venice Biennale.

ALEX: Architecture Biennial in Venice


Favorite song? 

AZUSA: “Wow” by Kate Bush.

ALEX: “Oh England My Lionheart” by Kate Bush.


Right or left-handed? 

AZUSA: Right.

ALEX: Right. 


What is the best dish you can cook?

AZUSA: Vegetable concoction.

ALEX: Coquilles St. Jacques.


What is your middle name?

AZUSA: I don’t have one.

ALEX: Stuart. 


What do you do in your free time?

AZUSA: Ponder about the last time I was embarrassed.

ALEX: Sea Foraging.

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