THE ESSENCE OF IMPERMANENCE

Raw, organic jewelry that slowly morphs and mutates along with the changing of the seasons. Sounds pretty interesting, right?
In one of TUMO Studios most memorable ateliers, students teamed up with Keef Palas, a self-described anarchic project that specializes in ephemeral Mediterranean-inspired jewelry. Why ephemeral?

Symphony of Stones

Handmade with gold-plated brass, the Symphony of Stones mini collection is inspired by the basalt columns that line…


A Tasty Take on Textile Design

“Textiles have always been a fundamental part of human life. They create an atmosphere and can tell a…


A Season of Throws, A Season of Inspiration

Gorgeous red and yellow vistas that stretch on for miles. The first signs of frost on the window…


The Essence of Impermanence

Raw, organic jewelry that slowly morphs and mutates along with the changing of the seasons. Sounds pretty interesting,…


Bringing The Opera To You

On a map of Yerevan, three boulevards converge where architect Alexander Tamanyan placed the Yerevan Opera House. It…


Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

It was all concrete all the time back in a 2018 jewelry design atelier at TUMO Studios. Working…


Echoes of Emotion

“Every built space is made for you to experience it… and everyone experiences it in their own unique…


DIY Tonir Making… No Experience Required

Back in the endless, sunbleached summer of 2019, TUMO Studios students Arpi Demurchyan and Sanahin Papazian journeyed to…


Exploring The Unconventional

Imagine a collection of dining ware designed with a hearty, delectable Armenian meal in mind. A khash bowl…


Wearing Your Heart On Your Sleeve

Did you know that “arm” means beloved in Estonian? In our first atelier of 2019, TUMO Studios students…


It’s More Than A Bicycle, It’s Teamwork

Spend any amount of time strolling through TUMO Studios’ creative space and you’ll spot a bicycle propped up…


Exploring a City’s Layers, One Brick at a Time

Yerevan is a city of stone ⁠— from its pink, beige and brown shades of tuff to the…


Summertime Designs, Made in Armenia

Back in the spring of 2019, TUMO Studios was abuzz with talk of visas, paperwork and the United…


TYPOEM: Blurring the Boundaries Between Poetry & Design

“When you have treasure, why start with nothing? We have a long history of visual art throughout the…


“Fashion can be cyclical. Every twenty years styles repeat themselves…”

They say that fashion moves in waves. If so, no style is currently flying higher than the starklook…


Infusing a Sense of Wonder into an Age-Old Tradition

“It’s the softness and tactility they can bring into your home — a way of giving comfort that’s…


Lavash: A Journey Through A Nation’s Culinary Soul

From the savory, mouth-watering sensation of freshly grilled khorovats on a warm summer afternoon to the aromatic, spice-filled…


A Year in the Life of TUMO Studios

2019 marked TUMO Studios’ second year making inroads in craftsmanship and design! Our educational program grew in size…


From Yerevan to Beirut: An Internship in Fashion

Last July, TUMO Studios student Lily Mehrabian found herself waiting for takeoff on a Beirut-bound plane at Zvartnots…


Printmaking Meets Literature with Hassan Zahredinne

Poetry and prose conjure detailed imagery in the minds of readers. Take the poem Գարնանամուտ, “Springtime,” by poet…


Product Design: Bridging the Analog and Digital Divide

“I learned to loosen up,” said Lilit Lalayan about her first atelier at TUMO Studios. “I studied product…


Summertime Designs, Made in Armenia

If you’ve been to TUMO Studios lately, you’ve heard talk of visas, paperwork, and the United Kingdom fill…


Reimagining Crochet with Elie Mouhanna

In true millennial fashion, it all started on YouTube. “I was collecting yarn because I love the texture…


Vessel Making with Corinne Aivazian

On an overcast afternoon, soft white light filled a back corner of TUMO Studios where Corinne Aivazian puttered around mounds…


Bringing Natural Dye to Armenia

Society has become more and more conscious of what they put in their bodies. What you ingest comes…


Vahan Mikayelyan: A Story of a Man and His Books

Entering the home of a book seller means you come with a certain expectation. You know you will…


Meet Zeron, the Man Who Does Not Give Up

If you are at all familiar with the inner workings of TUMO Studios, odds are, you’re also familiar…


A Fortunate Turn of Events from an Unfortunate Event at the Hague

Everything was ready. Sevan Garo was to exhibit his sculptures at the Hague, an accomplishment that few artists…


Wearable Objects, Minimalism and Sayumi Yokouchi

“I was in a bamboo forest in Kyoto once. It was quiet. So quiet that you could even…


Five Questions with Jewelry and Furniture Designer Niloufar Afnan

Niloufar Afnan is not an imposing figure. She is petite, soft-spoken and wears subdued colors. Her personal aesthetic…


Karen and the Art of Woodwork

When you first meet Karen Khachaturyan, you’re struck by his sincerity, his eagerness to talk to you, to…


Taking Inspiration From Different Directions with Anaïde Davoudlarian

“At some point, I just felt like I had to use my hands to create.” Taking this internal…


Adding a Cornelian Twist to the Black Forest Cake

The Cornelian cherry, named after the similarly colored gem, is a small red fruit native to different locations…


Product Design, Public Space and Play

Ameeting at the American University of Beirut, a joint internship in Basel and a shared admiration for the…


Redesigning the Dining Table Accessory

Fold. Snap. Then fold again. You may not realize it, but that was enough to assemble your very…


Learning to invent the future of Armenian design

Some of you know what TUMO Studios is. Some of you don’t. For those of you who find…