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Born in Tokyo, Masanobu Ido studied industrial design at university and has worked at several design centers and studios. Since establishing 'delicious@design' in 1999, he has mainly been focused on designing products. He has taught at many universities not only in Japan but also abroad, including a visiting professorship at Aalto University in Finland (2009-2010), where he also worked as a visiting artist for Arabia Art Department.


He has long explored the world of design, but currently he is particularly interested in the boundaries between design and the disciplines adjacent to it. For instance, it is hard to draw a clear line between design and engineering, or between design and arts and crafts, but by looking at the extremes of each, a difference begins to become apparent. Nevertheless, Ido feels that this categorization is a mere convenience and has no deeper significance. He believes that it is precisely the vague areas where the disciplines combine which still possess unexplored charms.


Main Invited Exhibitions 



The 1200th Anniversary of Heian-kyo Capital - Crafts through Centuries Exhibition - at The Museum of Kyoto (Japan)


TALENTE ’96 (Germany)


From the Rising Sun (Belgium)

Ceramic Design Exchange, Japan / Korea at International Design Center Nagoya (Japan)


The 2nd World Ceramic Biennale Design Work Shop, Representation from Japan (Korea)

Ceramic Design in Japan - Products for Use & Beauty - at Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (Japan)


Ceramic Design Exchange, Korea / Japan (Korea)


IDYB in VIA - 50 Designers in the World - (France)

“KiKi”  Choi Jae Hoon & Masanobu Ido, Two Person Project Exhibition at Shin Seiki Industrial Art Museum (Japan)


“MASANOBU IDO”  Project Exhibition at Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (Japan)


Contemporary Ceramic Art - 16 Artists - at Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum (Japan)

International Design Casa (Italy)


Design × Ceramic (Japan)


Showcase for UNESCO (Korea)






Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music - Collection Award


The 2nd Earthen Pot Design Competition - Mie Prefectural Governor’s Award

The 1st International Japanese Tea Utensil Design Competition - Excellent Prize

MIYAGI International Design Fair - Judge’s Special Award


World Ceramics Exposition in Saga - Street Furniture Design Competition - Third Prize


Hitachi Koki Design Competition - Second Prize


The 6th Tableware Festival - The Highest Prize

The 5th International Ceramics Competition Mino - Judge’s Special Award, Ceramics Design

’98 Craft Competition in Takaoka - Judge’s Award 


The 6th International Ceramics Competition Mino - Bronze Prize, Ceramics Design


The 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 - Gold Prize in Ceramics for Use

The 7th International Ceramics Competition Mino - Grand Prix, Ceramics Design

The 7th International Ceramics Competition Mino - Gold Prize, Ceramics Design

“International Design Year Book” - Recorded, Marcel Wanders's Choice


CCDO Design Award Winner


The 4th World Ceramic Biennale 2007 - Special Prize, Ceramics for Use 


Aichi Prefecture Art and Culture Recommending Award 2009

ELLE DECOR Metropolitan Home Design 100



Permanent Collections


Museum of  Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan : 26 series

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Korea : 3 series

Seoul Design Foundation, Korea : 1 series

World Ceramics Exposition, Japan : 1 series

Aichi University of the Arts, Japan : 1 series

Total Permanent Collections : 32 series

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