Jomo was born in Kenya to Ethiopian parents. As a young boy growing up in Ethiopia, he was always drawn to the eclectic art pieces, souvenirs and furniture pieces his father collected while traveling across Africa. That combined with volunteering at a local woodshop in Addis, catapulted his interest in furniture design. Jomo graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Industrial Design. As part of his graduation requirement, he defended a thesis by designing a full line of African furniture and concluding that the market needed an alternative to popular European and other established furniture designs. From that point on, he has made it his personal mission to bring about a series of African furniture designs to light.
Furniture designer Jomo Tariku has been designing and innovating centuries old African utilitarian design into his contemporary furniture lines for the last 20 years. Jomo finds inspiration in African hand carvings, centuries-old buildings, body art and scarifications, pottery and baskets, hair design patterns and traditional woven textiles. Jomo has designed a series of renowned contemporary African furniture lines, among them: The Axum Series - living room set with Axum Chair, Coffee Table and Ottoman inspired by the architectural styles of the Axum stelae in Axum, Ethiopia; The Berchuma - a line of stools bring out the unique styles of contemporary African design as functional art pieces.
Jomo's Furniture has been displayed at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's "Design For Life" exhibit, and was recently featured in the 2015 book Contemporary Design Africa. He has also been featured in various design magazines such as Architectural Records, Homes of Color, and profiled on television for the Fine Living network by Sheila Bridges.