Setsu and Shinobu Ito
Graphic, sculptural and full of life. The married couple Setsu and Shinobu Ito are both architects and designers, a fact that strongly influences their design. Their work has a special energy, whether it be a silver teapot for Tıffany, a lamp, or a desk accessory. Or the famous, remarkable Hanahana family for Swedese – a wooden, sculptural coat stand, coat hanger and valet stand.
After graduating in Japan, at Tama Art University (Shinobu) and at Tsukuba University (Setsu) respectively, they moved to Milan. Now they work as consultants for companies both in Milan and Tokyo.
From 1988 to 1995 Shinobu Ito worked on design and marketing in Japan for CBS Sony (Sony Music Entertainment) and still works as a graphic designer, while her husband Setsu Ito is a lecturer in Milan for the Domus Academy and in Tokyo at both Tsukuba and Tama Art Universities. Some of their pieces are in the permanent collection of the Triennale in Milan and they have both received numerous awards.