As partners, we share similar tastes when it comes to art and design. After working independently as a glass artist and furniture designer, it seemed natural for us to collaborate and take our work to a new level.
We are both passionate about our respective crafts and it has been refreshing to be able to see our own work from a different perspective.
This collaboration has led to the establishment of our own label, entitled mono. In Japanese, the word mono means ‘object’, while in English, it is used as a prefix meaning ‘one’. Thus, studio mono aims to bring together both our crafts into a range of objects which embody our passion for art, craft and design.
about kumiko nakajima
Kumiko was born in Fukuoka, Japan. She travelled to Australia in 2005 and spent 6 months working in various glass studios around the country. She returned in 2007 to commence a 2 year traineeship in the JamFactory glass studio. Since completing the associate program, she has established her own studio, creating production work and art pieces, which have been exhibited locally and internationally.
about john quan
Initially trained in the fields of Industrial Design, as well as Fashion Design, John commenced a 2 year traineeship in 2007 in the JamFactory furniture studio. Since completing the associate program, he has been involved in a broad range of creative pursuits, which include creating one-off furniture pieces, designing products for limited production and developing new works for exhibitions.