Exhibition Feb 8-24 2013
Opening night Friday Feb 8, 6-8pm, TORAFU presentation 6.30pm-7pm
Children's Workshop Sunday 10 Feb 2pm-3pm

TORAFU ARCHITECTS from Japan bring their world of design and play to Melbourne for a very special exhibition at Mr Kitly in February.

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The show will feature new designs shown for the first time in Australia. This will be Australians first chance to see the koloro series desk, dowel blocks and magnets sets, plus much more. Look out for an ethereal airvase installation making the most of Mr Kitly gallery’s light-filled space.

OPENING NIGHT x TORAFU ARCHITECTS PRESENTATION (and Japanese handcrafted beer refreshments)
Opening night Friday Feb 8, 6-8pm, TORAFU presentation 6.30pm-7pm

TORAFU ARCHITECTS director, Koichi Suzuno, will be in attendance on the opening night and will make a short presentation about Torafu’s design and architecture practice. Japanese boutique brewery COEDO will generously be providing their handcrafted beers for guests to enjoy on the opening night. Come along for some refreshing and beautiful beer and gain a fascinating insight into this leading Japanese architecture and design practice.



Sunday 10 Feb 2pm-3pm

The Children's Workshop is free to participate but registration is required as places are limmited. Please email us on mrkitly (at) to register. A small fee ($7.00) wil be charged for use of the white airvases for painting so you can take home your artwork.

TORAFU's products often have a very playful quality. In this exhibition the airvases and stampkits as well as the new koloro-dowel blocks and magnets will be on display, and at the special children's workshop children will have the chance for creative play and construction with the dowel blocks and also play with the stampkit to construct their own stamps and then make their very own artworks by stamping on the white airvases. It will be great fun for kids of all ages. We will have a staff member running the workshop, but parents are also very welcome to stay and enjoy the fun times.


Founded in 2004 by Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro, TORAFU ARCHITECTS employs a working approach based on architectural thinking. Works by the duo include a diverse range of products, from architectural design to interior design for shops, exhibition space design, product design, spatial installations and film making. Amongst some of their mains works are 'TEMPLATE IN CLASKA', 'NIKE 1LOVE', 'BOOLEAN', 'HOUSE IN KOHOKU' and 'airvase' . ‘Light Loom (Canon Milano Salone 2011)’ was awarded the Grand Prize of the Elita Design Award. Published in 2011were the 'airvase book' and 'TORAFU ARCHITECTS 2004-2011 Idea + Process' (by BIJUTSU SHUPPAN-SHA CO., LTD.) and in 2012, a picture book titled ‘TORAFU's Small City Planning' (by Heibonsha Limited).

Koichi Suzuno
1973: Born in Kanagawa Prefecture
1996: Graduated from Department of Architecture, Science University of Tokyo
1998: Completed the Master Course of Architecture, Yokohama National University
1998-2001: Worked at Coelacanth K&H
2002-2003: Worked at Kerstin Thompson Architects / Melbourne
2004.2-: Founded TORAFU ARCHITECTS with Shinya Kamuro
2005-2008: Lecturer at Tokyo University of Science
2008-: Lecturer at Showa Women's University
2010-2011: Lecturer at Kyoritsu Women's University
2010-: Lecturer at Musashino Art University
2012-: Lecturer at Tama Art University

Shinya Kamuro
1974: Born in Shimane Prefecture
1997: Graduated from Department of Architecture, School of Science & Technology,Meiji University
1999: Completed the Master Course of Architecture, Meiji University
2000-2003: Worked at Jun Aoki & Associates
2004.2-: Founded TORAFU ARCHITECTS with Koichi Suzuno
2008-: Lecturer at Showa Women's University

 koloro-dowel image: Akihiro Ito

koloro-dowel image: Akihiro Ito

koloro-desk image: Akihiro Ito

koloro-desk image: Akihiro Ito

bauhaus airvase image Fuminari Yoshitsugu

airvase image Fuminari Yoshitsugu

stamp kit image Fuminari Yoshitsugu

tape hook image Fuminari Yoshitsugu

koloro-magnet image: Akihiro Ito

House in Kohoku, TORAFU ARCHITECTS, image Daici Ano

 House in Kitaoji, TORAFU ARCHITECTS, image Daici Ano

Below are pictures of the installation at Mr Kitly, all image credits for these images Lauren Bamford.

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