Setsu and Shinobu Ito are Japanese designers in architecture, interior design, industrial and product design, and packaging design. Hot off the press, it has just been announced the 2016 Salone Désirée divani, Setsu and Shinobu Ito will present their new collection of occasional tables.
When I was in Japan, I found that many Japanese people speak very good Italian and love visiting Italy. So it’s no surprise that both designers have studied and worked in Italy; Setsu Ito with a leader of avant-garde design in Italy, Alessandro Mendini, and Shinobu as a Masters graduate from the Domus Academy in Milan.
In 1977, Setsu and Shinobu Ito opened their design studio and have received numerous design awards including ‘Young & Design’ (Italy), The Good Design Award (Japan), and La Toyama Product Design (Japan). Some of their projects have become permanent collections in the Milan “Triennale Design Museum” and “Die Sammlung Neun International Design Museum” in Munich.
Their works have been published in design books and magazines throughout the world: “Setsu & Shinobu Ito_East-West Designers”, a biography (Italy 2008), International Design Year Book (Sterling 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007), The Eco-Design Handbook (Sterling 2002), New Furniture Design (2005 in the USA, UK and Germany), 1000 New Designs (Sterling 2006), European Design Since 1985 (2009), Plastic (Spain 2007), Process (Cover of British edition 2009), Wallpaper magazine cover (Italy November 2006) and the cover of Elle Decor (Italy April 2010, celebrating 20 years in the trade).
Now, at the 2016 Salone Désirée divani, Setsu and Shinobu Ito have presented their new collection of occasional tables.
Reminiscent of bansia trees, the YORI occasional table features matte bronze metal rods and two irregularly shaped tops oriented in different direction. Suitable for a position next to the sofa, the YORI comes in several finishes including nero Marquina, moro Emperador and bianco Carrara.
The geometric composition of the SABI identifies with the Japanese concept of opposites. In a simple structure of matte bronze with a relief effect, the SABI reflects rationality and minimalism. SABI is also available in the same marble finishes as the YORI and in black oak wood.
Both Setsu and Shinobu Ito have been invited to lecture at the world’s most important design schools including the Domus Academy, Milan Polytechnic, IUAV University in Venice, the IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, and the Japanese University of Tsukuba.
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