Isao Hosoe

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Isao Hosoe ( Japanese 細 江 勲 夫 Hosoe Isao ; * 1942 or 1943 in Tokyo Prefecture ; † October 3, 2015 in Milan , Italy ) was a Japanese furniture and industrial designer .


Isao Hosoe graduated from Nihon University with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1965 and moved to Milan that same year, where he worked with the architect and designer Alberto Rosselli until 1974 . He won his first Compasso d'Oro at the Triennale in Milan in 1970 for the design of the Meteor coach , and in 1973 he received the gold medal at the Industrial Design Biennale in Ljubljana for his Hebi table lamp . In addition to other vehicles and lights, he designed household appliances, glass objects, furniture, electrical appliances and shop fittings in the years that followed. In 1981 he founded together with Antonio Barrese andPietro Salmoiraghi founded the DRC (Design Research Center) group, which was particularly dedicated to designing company logos and ergonomic office furniture . In 1985 he left the group and founded the company Hosoe-Design . Since Hosoe worked closely with its employees, customers and students, there was no clear “Hosoe style”, but rather there were “always needs-based solutions, which, however, often had an additional, unexpected quality”. He has received numerous other prizes for his work, including the Compasso d'Oro and the SMAU Award , the gold medal of the Triennale di Milano , the red dot design award , the Orgatechnik Office Design Award , the IF Award , and the Good Design Award from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, several Good Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum and several awards from the ID Annual Design Review .

Hosoe taught as a professor of industrial design at the Milan Polytechnic and the Domus Academy in Milan, at the La Sapienza University in Rome and the University of Siena . He has taught at various institutes such as the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche in Florence, Les Ateliers in Paris, the Escuela de Grafismo Elisava in Barcelona, ​​the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the University of Lisbon . He was a member of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale , the Società Italiana di Ergonomia , the Japan Design Committee and the Japan Inter Design Forum .

He has been honored with several solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Seattle, as well as numerous group exhibitions, and his works are part of the permanent exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in Chicago and the Museo nazionale della scienza e della tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.


  • Claudia Neumann: Design Lexicon Italy . Dumont 2002, ISBN 3832144277 , p. 220.
  • Peter Zec: Who's who in design. Volume 2, Springer Science & Business, 2003, ISBN 3899860020 , p. 96.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Gabriele Mandel : The Japanese alphabet . All characters in the Hiragana and Katakana versions. Marix Verlag , 2008, ISBN 978-3-86539-157-5 , pp. 9 (Italian: L'Alfabeto Giapponese . Milan 2007. Translated by Brigitte Lindecke and Dr. Rebecca Sabine Nikolaus, cf. the footnote to the preface by Isao Hosoe : "Isao Hosoe was born in Tokyo in 1943 and graduated in 1965 in aerospace Aerospace Engineering at Nihon University.).
  2. ^ Isao Hosoe, The Trickster of Design, is gone.
  3. ^ Andrew Lucas: Fiat / Orlandi Meteor, Italy's new approach to grand tourism . In: Design 1969. pp. 40-43.
  4. ^ Claudia Neumann: Design Lexicon Italy .
  5. Jurors Red Dot Award: Isao Hosoe