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Interactive zen Garden by Setsu & Shinobu Ito @ MDW

by Serena L. Rosato
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MDW2014_ Aisin, part of the Toyota Group, presents the worldwide preview of an innovative project featuring interaction furniture, designed by Setsu & Shinobu Ito that adopts automotive technology to design a future that is in direct contact with nature.

At the Triennale in Milan during the Milan Design Week 2014, the famous pair of Japanese designers, Setsu & Shinobu Ito, will lead us on a visionary journey created by interactive furnishings, which interpret the synergy between Aisin’s advanced technology and an interactive vision of the human body within a domestic setting .

Almost “islands of furniture” in an archipelago of emotions, they create an imaginary bedroom and an idealised living area that, in a functional and emotional dialogue with lights, sounds and objects, become useful allies in carrying out routine tasks - such as turning lamps on and off, drawing the curtains and blinds or managing electronic devices - as well as generating sensorial atmospheres.


Aisin, a Japanese company of the Toyota Group specialising in precision engineering and Information Technology, is well-known in the automotive industry thanks of its numerous products that car makers from around the world have used in their vehicles. The research, presented in a worldwide preview in Milan with this interaction furniture project, is based on new, domestic applications of a “hidden” technology that is capable of triggering spontaneous relationships between action and reaction via commands that are not activated directly, but rather through sensors, which register body weight and a person's movement.



So, through Setsu & Shinobu Ito’s insightful design work, sensors that had up until now only been applied to the automotive world, have been tested in those home furnishings that most commonly have a direct, tactile relationship with our bodies, such as beds and the couch, turning them into intelligent places that are able to amplify moments of rest and relaxation and improve the quality of both our sleep and bodily perceptions.

* to sleep in Japanese

Aisin and Setsu & Shinobu Ito 8-13 Aprile 2014
Triennale di Milano - Opening: martedi 8 Aprile h.19.00 – 24.00


    • Serena L. Rosato

      Serena L. Rosato


      Bari / Italy

      Architetto per vocazione, web writer per diletto. Progetta spazi e costruisce idee giocando con pixel e inchiostro, occhi curiosi e delicata ironia. Attenta ai dettagli e distratta dalle novità, costantemente alla ricerca della bellezza delle cose. Dichiarata dipendenza da viaggi, musei e scarpe. ____________________________________________________________ Architect by vocation , web writer for pleasure. She designs and builds spaces ideas playing with ink and pixels, curious eyes and de)