STUDIO MONO. ADELAIDE
Studio Mono is Kumiko Nakajima and John Quan. As partners, they shared similar tastes in art and design and after working independently as a glass artist and furniture designer respectively, they began to collaborate and take their work to a new level.
This collaboration led to the establishment of their 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 their crafts into a range of objects which embody their passion for art, craft and design.
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.
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.