About Us

What is 24d-studio.

24d-studio is a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 2008 by Fumio Hirakawa and Marina Topunova. Our works range in scale from architecture, interiors, installations, lighting and furniture design with a strong implementation of nature-oriented design and digital craftsmanship. Our designs integrate multiple perspectives through interdisciplinary collaborations leading to exciting and innovative applications for clients and end-users. We believe in hands-on approach in design process to understand problems in multiple scales and test ideas immediately.

Our Mission.

24d-studio currently operates in Kobe City of Kansai area, Japan. Kobe is a picturesque city edged between mountains and the ocean. Our partnership with nature have established gradually and naturally by us cordially accepting our present surroundings and transcribing our awe of nature into our design works. In our studio, we investigate many means to bring nature into our daily life and thus we operate under the theme of “Living with Nature”. Our design process implements a strong connection between digital and analog methodology, and haptic experience that enriches our lives.

What we Do.

Scope of Work:
1. Planning/design of architecture
2. Residential/commercial interior design
3. Design/production of furniture and products
4. Architecture+design related research
5. Planning/design of installations
6. 2D / 3D digital design
7. Digital fabrications and processing
8. Design of graphics, magazines, media
9. Sales in products, furniture, and lightings

Work Area:
We work within Japan as well as internationally. Please feel free to contact us.

24d-studio Profile

fumio hirakawa
Principal & Co-Founder

Fumio Hirakawa

Fumio Hirakawa is originally from Kobe, Japan. Fumio has graduated with Interior Design Degree at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Postgraduate Studies in Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, USA.

At 24d-studio, Fumio believes in comprehensive communication and extended research as must do steps prior to design. He believes that every project has unique elements of various scales and categories and an opportunity to reflect on socio-cultural issues. He enjoys exploring virtual and technological ideas in realms of digital and physical through multiple study models and prototypes.

Fumio currently teaches architectural and digital/computational design at Kyoto Seika University. He also has taught a design studio at Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies and served as a studio guest critic at Fashion Institute of Technology, S.U.N.Y., Pratt Institute, and New York Institute of Technology.

marina topunova
Principal & Co-Founder

Marina Topunova

Marina Topunova was born in Moscow, Russia and graduated in Architecture at Universitiy of Illinois at Chicago and Postgraduate studies at Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, USA.

At 24d-studio, Marina believes in pursuit of innovation through exploration of building techniques, formal complexities, and new materials. She believes in the discovery of various degrees of playfulness across design problems. She enjoys solving the riddles of how to create the outmost effect with sometimes limited funds. Similar to Fumio, she believes in employing all techniques from virtual to physical in exploration of every project's design.

Marina currently teaches architectural and digital/computational design at Kyoto Seika University. She also served as a studio guest critic at Fashion Institute of Technology, S.U.N.Y. and Pratt Institute.

Awards and Exhibitions

  • 2017 NEXT, ifft interiorlifestyle. Tokyo, Japan.
  • DFA Awards Exhibition - DESIGNING A NEW FUTURE, GOOD DESIGN Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan.
  • DFA Awards Exhibition - DESIGNING A NEW FUTURE, COMMON GROUND, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Ventura Projects, Salone del Mobile Milano at Ventura Lambrate. Milan, Italy
  • Design STARS, IFFS International Furniture Fair Singapore. Singapore.
  • 2016 Design for Asia Award, Silver Award. Hong Kong, HK
  • Toyama Design Wave 2016 Design Exhibition, Toyama Prefectural Hall. Toyama, Japan.
  • Toyama Design Competition 2016, Finalist. Toyama, Japan.
  • 2015 NEXT, ifft interiorlifestyle living. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Makers Fair, Osaka Asia and Pacific Trade Center. Osaka, Japan.
  • 2014 Creative Life, Tokyo Design Week 2014. Tokyo, Japan.
  • Urban Goods, ONE ARCHITECTURE WEEK. Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
  • SHADE, MAKE Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada.
  •      VENTURA HIVE, Salone del Mobile Milano at Ventura Lambrate. Milan, Italy.
  • 2013 SHADE - International Lighting Design Competition, Winner and Jury Award. Winnipeg, Canada.
  • Dawntown Design/Build Competition, Finalist. Miami, USA.
  • A' Design Award and Competition, Arts, Crafts, Ready-Made Design Category, Golden A' Design Award. Milan, Italy.
  • Kan, Gallery Kitanozaka. Kobe, Japan.
  • 2012 AZ Awards, Architecture - Temporary and Demonstration category, Finalist. Toronto, Canada
  • Design for Asia Award, Environmental Design Category, Winner of DFA Merit Award. Hong Kong, HK
  • PLAY Exhibition, Dowse Museum of Art. Lower Hutt, New Zealand
  • Faces of Design Award, Winner. Berlin, Germany
  • Santorini Biennale of Arts, Winner. Santorini, Greece
  • 2011 Kobe Biennale Shitsurai Art International Competition, Winner and Special Recognition. Kobe, Japan
  • LAMP Lighting Solutions, Interior Lighting category, Honorable Mention. Barcelona, Spain
  • Changing the Face Competition, Shortlisted. Moscow, Russia
  • 2010 Tokyo Designers Week 2010 Environmental Container Exhibition, Winner. Tokyo, Japan
  • Felicity Graphics Competition, Winner. Treviso, Italy


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