Born in Tokyo in 1942. In 1965, he designed his first pedal airplane as the project for his degree in Aerospace Engineering at Tokyo’s Nihon University, which was followed by his Masters. He came to Italy in 1967 and began his design experience with the architect Alberto Rosselli of the Studio Ponti-Fornaroli-Rosselli. Following a number of professional experiences in 1985 he founded Isao Hosoe Design. To date he has won a number of international prizes with his designs in the fields of transport, office furniture, product design, telecommunications, electronic and household furnishing. He has had a number of personal and collective exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. He is a lecturer in Design at Milan’s Polytech, at Domus Academy, at Isia in Florence, at the University of Siena, at the Design Institute in Cagliari (Sardinia) and visiting Professor abroad.

Awards:Isao Hosoe has won numerous international awards, including the Gold Medal at the Triennial Exhibition of Milan, the Good Design Award Tokyo (1988) and, on no less than six occasions, the Chicago Athenaeum’s ‘Good Design Award. He has exhibited widely around the world and his designs are on permanent display at the V&A in London, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, in Chicago and in Milan.