The studio Setsu & Shinobu Ito opened in Milan in 1995 and quickly received numerous prizes such as “The Young & Design Award 1999” (Italy), “The Good Design Award 2001” (Japan), “The Toyama Product Design Award 2001” (Japan), “ADI Design Index 2001, 2005” (Italy) and “Premio Compasso d’Oro 2011” (Italy).
Some of their designs now form part of the permanent collection at the “Triennale Design Museum” in Milan and the “Die neue Sammlung – International Design Museum” in Munich, and many other works have been published in books and in leading magazines in the sector.
Setsu Ito, a graduate from Tsukuba university in Japan, has also worked in collaboration with the leader in avant-garde Italian design Alessandro Mendini for Studio Alchimia and the master of modern design Angelo Mangiarotti.
Shinobu Ito, having graduated from the Tama University of Art in Tokyo, began her career at CBS Sony (Sony Music Entertainment) in Sony Creative Products, followed by a Master from the Domus Academy in Milan.
Both are currently teaching at designs schools such as the Domus Academy in Milan, the Polytechnic University of Milan, the IUAV University in Venice, the IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and the Tsukuba University in Japan.
The partnership between Reggiani and Setsu & Shinobu Ito has given rise to Kazè and Hako, a product with a clean, modern, minimalist and sturdy form, as the name itself suggests, since Hako in Japanese means cube box.