Studio ITO Design



Setsu & Shinobu Ito are both Japanese designers with a broad work experience in architecture, interior and space, surface, product, industrial and packaging design. They opened their design studio in 1997, and since then, they work and consult for international clients, in a wide range of activities in the design. Setsu Ito, graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan, began collaborating with leader of avant-garde italian design Alessandro Mendini, and then with great master of modern architecture and design, Angelo Mangiarotti. Shinobu Ito, graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, started her career for CBS Sony in Sony Creative Products and attained a Master Degree at Domus Academy, Milan. Their works have been presented and exhibit all around the world and also have been published in many books and magazines. They also received design awards such as: : "Compasso d' Oro" (2011, Italy), "Compasso d' Oro Menzione d' Onore" (2011, Italy), "Red Dot Award Best of the Best" (2016, Germany, Singapore), "Design Plus" (2016, Germany), "NY NOW Best Product" (2017, USA), ”The Good Design Award (2001, Japan), “Mastro d'arte della pietra” (2019, Italy_ since 1319 this award for the 700th anniversary of the traditional award given to the stone artist Maestro) and many other international design awards. Some projects are a part of permanent collection of the Die Neue Sammlung Design Museum in Munich (Germany) and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan (Italy). They are visiting professors of Domus Academy, Polytechnic University of Milan, IUAV / Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, IED / Istituto Europeo di Design of Milan, Raffles Milano (Italy) and Tama Art University (Shinobu Ito, Japan). Professor of University of Tsukuba (Setsu Ito, Japan), Project Professor (Setsu Ito) and Project Associate Professor (Shinobu Ito) of the Research Center for Advanced Science & Technology at the University of Tokyo (Japan). They are a member of the ADI / Associazione Disegno Industriale (Italy), board member of the JAFCA / Japan Fashion Color Association (Japan) and the APDF / Asia Pacific Designers Federation (China). They are also a part of International Design Awards such as the IF / International Forum Design Award (Germany), IAI Design Award (China). Published a biography book “Setsu & Shinobu Ito_E- ast-West Designer” (Logos Italy 2008).

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