Researcher's Profile

  • Project Professor
  • Setsu ITO
  • Advanced Art Design Laboratory
  • Advanced Art Design


March 1987 The University of Tsukuba, Bachelor of School of Art and Design
March 1989 The University of Tsukuba, Master of School of Art and Design
April 1989 Designer, Studio Alchimia / Studio Alessandro Mendini (Milan)
November 1989 Designer, Studio Angelo Mangiarotti (Milan)
July 1995 Founder, STUDIO ITO DESIGN / Setsu & Shinobu ITO Design Studio (Milan)
January 1999 Adjunct Professor, IED Milano
May 2000 Special Lecture, Tama Art University
February 2001 Adjunct Professor, DOMUS ACADEMY
June 2006 Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Milano, School of Design
December 2006 Adjunct Lecture, University of Tsukuba, School of Art & Design
July 2007 Adjunct Lecture, University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences
June 2009 Adjunct Professor, IUAV the University of Venice
June 2017 Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Milano, School of Design
January 2017 Adjunct Professor, Raffles Milano Istituto
January 2018 Visiting Researcher, RCAST, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
January 2019 Fellow, RCAST, UTokyo
March 2020 Professor, University of Tsukuba Faculty of Art & Design
February 2021 Project Professor, RCAST, UTokyo

Research Interests

For last 30 years in Heisei era, I have been developing design research and activities mainly in Italy and Europe. In the flow of Greece, Rome, Florence and Milan in the Renaissance, in Europe, Design has been regarded as an act of trying to solve the problems of all "things" necessary for society and our life and giving shape to all "things". The history of Design in Europe can be said to be the history of Design-led "things" development and innovation. On the other hand, in Japan, the history of Design is considered to be the act of giving a Design to differentiate products, from the industrialization after World War II.

In our Design Laboratory, we develop to Design various products from traditional technology products, industrial products, handicraft products, to advanced technology products, in collaboration with international companies.

We comprehensively Design a wide range of products, from large spaces to palms, various sizes, typologies, materials, and manufacturing methods, from large spaces to interiors and product packaging. In addition to Designing the shape of the "thing" itself, we also Design the relationships and stories that can occur there. We Design the ever-changing relationships between people, people, and people and society. Through development experience in a wide range of fields and interaction with experts in various fields, we will discover new perspectives on individual “objects” and "things", give them new meanings, and aim to solve new problems.

500 years after the Renaissance, the development of Western thought and Human-centered Science and Technology has made a great contribution to the development of our social life, but at the same time, it has various effects on the social environment and natural environment in which we live. It is causing the distortion of environmental destruction and the danger of lack of humanity in the AI society. The world is now swaying in the pandemic of Covid 19, the new coronavirus. Today, the Reiwa era has begun, it is necessary to have the ability to solve problems through the science and technology of "Wa", the spirit of harmony perceiving things in a comprehensive manner that have been cultivated in Japan, coexistence with nature from Asia and Japan, which values all things in nature, cooperation between different fields. The key to this is the power of Art Design, which creates a future social life by demonstrating sensibility, emotional creativity, and humanity to propose well-balanced problem-solving. In the future, it will be extremely important for the world to Design and build an inclusive society that accepts everyone, including SDGs/ESG for 2030. With the main theme of Nature-centered & Inclusive Society, our Design research lab. will launch new Japanese creativity in which Science and Technology and Art Design are simultaneously progressing.

  • ISOLA_S An island kitchen that can be freely combined to create time and place / Toyo Kitchen Style 2004 Japan
  • FULLER Landscape type center sculpture sofa that can be approached from the whole surface / Sawaya & Moroni 2006 Italy
  • ILY_I Interactive Furniture Mobility / Aisin 2015 Japan


Nature-centered Design, Inclusive Design, Relationship Design


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