東 AZUMA DESIGN BUILD creates timber structures and furniture for individuals and institutions. The common link between projects is joinery in solid wood. Rarely are metal fasteners or glue employed. 

Chris collaborates with clients to create elegant spaces and pieces, constructed with great attention to detail, built to last for centuries, and in honor of the gifts provided by nature.

In state and out of state consultations available. We ship worldwide.

We can assist you with the design and creation of your next project, including:

  • residential architecture
  • garden architecture, including fences
  • guest houses and pavilions
  • solid wood joined furniture
  • Japanese rooms
  • paneled ceilings, coffered ceilings
  • staircases

Current Project:

A bubinga dining storage cabinet on stand:

Recent projects include:

A Japanese coffered ceiling for a tearoom:

Yellow Cedar framing with Western Red Cedar panels. 

Yellow Cedar framing with Western Red Cedar panels. 

A new kabukimon-style entrance gate for the Tenshin-en Japanese garden at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The gate on the day of the re-opening of the garden, April 24, 2015. 

The gate on the day of the re-opening of the garden, April 24, 2015. 

Large coffee table (and side table, not pictured) in bubinga, a beautiful hardwood. 

Coffee table in bubinga with ebony joinery detail on the corner.

Coffee table in bubinga with ebony joinery detail on the corner.

Other current projects:

For the Boston Children's Museum, Azuma Design Build is continuing restoration work on the traditional Japanese machiya, a silk merchant's home built in the late 1800's. Chris built a new bench and front door for the machiya entrance in 2010 and provides consultation for the exhibit. More information on the machiya is available at 

http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibits-programs/exhibits/japanese-house

New York City-based artist Jeff Koons commissioned Azuma Design Build to fabricate a series of four Chinese traditional wheelbarrows in teak for an installation called Hulk (Wheelbarrow), which will be exhibited in various locations worldwide.

See the gallery for photos of past projects by Azuma Design Build.