What does it mean to think about product design architecturally? Our architecture minds are drawn to
strategy, function, and concept, while product design calls for a focus on immediate use and usability. But as Japanese architecture firm Torafu goes to show, a certain way to marry the two in a single project is to design a product that is also a space. Architects Shinya Kamuro and Koichi Suzuno formed Torafu in 2004, after a fortuitous introduction during an architecture competition. They found common ground in a design philosophy based on problem solving and architectural thinking, which they have come to apply across their entire portfolio, from architectural and interior design to exhibition spaces, installations, books, film, and some very thoughtful, playful product design.