Setsu Ito started collaborating with prominent Italian designers (such as Alessandro Mendini and Angelo Mangiarotti) shortly after graduating from Tsukuba University (Japan). Shinobu Ito graduated from Tama Art University (Tokyo), and obtained a master’s degree at Domus Academy (Milan); shortly after that, she started her career working for CBS Sony (Sony Music Entertainment).

In 1995, Setsu & Shinobu Ito opened their own design studio. Since then, they have been awarded several important prizes including The Young & Design Award (1999), The Good Design Award (2001), The Toyama Product Design Award (2011), ADI Design Index (2001, 2005), and the Premio Compasso d’Oro (2011).

Some of their projects are now featured in the permanent collections at the Triennale Design Museum (Milan) and Die Neue Sammlung International Design Museum (Munich). Their works have been featured in design books and magazines worldwide.

They are visiting professors for important design schools such as Domus Academy (Milan), Politecnico di Milano, IUAV University of Venice, IED Istituto Europeo di Design Milano, and Tsukuba University.


For the second edition of the D’ANNUNZIO E I GIARDINI DI PAN exposition, Setsu & Shinobu Ito have dressed up Italo Rota’s sculptures with DG Mosaic material.

Based on the designers’ sketches, our material has been laid to create the vivid image of a carp, that symbolises the reflections of water.

The sculptures, which have been donated to the Il Vittoriale degli Italiani Foundation (Gardone Riviera), took centre stage at the extraordinary THE THUNDER OF PAN BETWEEN ART AND NATURE exhibit, which premiered on September 13, 2015.

The exhibition was structured as a multi-sensorial path with sounds, videos and installations echoing passages from the works of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio. The frequent symbolic, mystic and historical references of the displays created a continuum between the inside and the outside of the Vittoriale, developing a harmonious conversation of objects, places, sounds, nature, poetry, and life.

MONSTERA is a natural and technological project where mosaics create a warm, bright and highly tactile ambience. The innovative content of MONSTERA testify to the extraordinary use of traditional materials which make DG Mosaic and its stand at CERSAIE a must-see, and one of the most cutting-edge architectural expressions in the field of covering materials.