Setsu Ito


Setsu Ito is a Japanese designer with a broad work experience in architecture, interior, product, industrial & packaging design.


He graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan, began collaborating with leader of avant-garde italian design Alessandro Mendini at Studio Alchimia, and then with great master of modern architecture and design, Angelo Mangiarotti.

He opened his design studio in 1995, and since 1997 in partnership with Shinobu Ito, he works and consult for international clients, in a wide range of activities in the design field from architecture, interior, industrial and craft to packaging design.

He have received design awards such as: “Compasso d’ Oro” (IT), “Compasso d’ Oro Menzione d’ Onore” (IT), “Design Plus” (DE), Reddot Award Best of the Best (DE), NY NOW Best Product (US), ”The Good Design Award (JP), “Mastro d’arte della pietra” (IT).

Some projects became permanent collection of “Die Neue Sammlung Design Museum” in Munich (DE). He is a visiting professor of Domus Academy in Milan, Politecnico of Milan, IUAV University of Venice, IED Milano, Raffles Milano (IT) and a professor The University of Tsukuba (JP). His teaching reputation was recognized when he was awarded with “The R.Bonetto Award 2002” (Italy).

From 2019 he is a Fellow of the Research Center for Advanced Science & Technology at The University of Tokyo. He is a part of jury of International Design Awards such as the IF Design Award 2015 (DE). He is a member of the ADI (Italy), board member of the Japan Fashion Color Association (Japan) and the APDF (China). Published a biography “Setsu & Shinobu Ito_East-West Designer” (Logos Italy 2008).


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Elic Table

ELIC is a natural shape table; it looks similar to a helix or a cyclone, and has natural traits, that are natural and futuristic at the same time.
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System of forms has been developed equal in dimensions and method of installation but declinable according to different destinations of use and finishes.
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Stone Forest

The fountain in the undergrowth of a marble forest is the place where life is born.
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