Takahide Sano was born in Tokyo (J) on February 06, 1958

After taking his certificate in Industrial Design at Hongo High School of Tokyo (1976), he enters Toshiba Design Centre and immediately started working as a designer (1976 -1988). There he specializes in the aereas of audio-video and TV; among the products he designed in those years, more than 60 were produced and successfully sold both in Japanese and international markets.

1988 he moves to Italy, in Milan, and starts working as junior designer at Studio Bonetto (1988 -1989), then he becomes assistant of the artist Marcello Morandini (1989 -1993).

1990 he starts his own design studio, Studio SANO.

1996-2001 he has a funny professional experience becoming resident guest in the popular, Italian TV programme (RAI 2) “Quelli che il calcio”.

2001-2002  creative director of  TVS S.p.A.

2002 creative director of SAMP – Pesaro Furniture Fair

2001 – 2004  creative manager at M.O.D.I.A. Design. In these years he managed a team of Italian and international highly skilled professionals -masters of modelling,  industrial, graphic and transportation designers, engineers- to develop for Honda R & D Europe new concepts of scooters, new types of vehicles (two/three/four wheels), trend researches, make scooter and city-car prototypes in scale 1:1.

Besides industrial design, since 1980 he co-operates with the Japanese art gallery Unac Tokyo,  conceiving set ups for museums in many countries. From time to time, he also teams up with artists as Marcello Morandini, Massimo Lunardon  (glass blower and artist) and Luca Bonato (methacrylate master and artist) to arrange personal or collective exhibitions, editing of catalogues, books, videos, in Italy and abroad.

He designs home accessories, medical equipments, lamps, electric devices,  shop interiors and museum exhibitions, scooters, bathroom fittings. Change and challenge are always welcome, the door is always open to beauty and design.


2000 -  IDYB – International Design Year Book, Lawrence King Publishing, UK

2002 -  IDYB – International Design Year Book, Lawrence King Publishing, UK

2002 -  ADI Design Index, Italy

2003 -  Das Internationale Design Jahrbuch 2002/3, Bangert Verlag, Germany

2004 -  IDYB International Design Year Book, Lawrence King Publishing, UK

2005 – “Blobject and beyond: new fluidity in design”, by Steven Skov Holt and Mara Skov Holt, Chronicle Books, USA

2005 – “I.Dot 2004-20052, IDA Italian Design Agency, Italy

2007 – “Avverati – A dream come true”, di B. Finessi, Skira, Italy

2009 – “Venti vetri”, by Massimo Lunardon, with texts of B. Finessi and A. Anastasio, Edizioni Corraini, Italy


1992 – “Jugendtform Rosenthal”, Darmstadt, Germany

1993 – “Design under 35”, Spazio Opos, Milan, Italy

1994 – “Space designs 1980-1994”, Unac Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

1998 – “Luci di fine millennio”, Spazio Shimax, Milan Italy

1999 – Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

2000 – Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

2001 – Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy

2001 – Abitare il Tempo “Waterbar”, Verona, Italy

2002 – Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Milano

2002 – “Contemporary Decorative Arts” Sotheby’s, London, UK

2002 – “Una vita di-segnata”, Conventino di Monte Ciccardo (PU), Italy

2002 – “Trasparenti”, Libreria del Barbiere, Pesaro Italy

2004 – IDE (International Design Exhibition), Beijing, China

2004 – China Industrial Design Week,  Wuxi, China

2005 – “Blobject and beyond: new fluidity in design”, S. Jose Museum of Art, S. Jose


2005 – “I. Dot – Italian design on Tour” – touring exhibition: New York, Chicago, Kortrijk, Barcellona, S. Pietroburgo, Berlino, Beijing, Shanghai

2007 – “Avverati – A dream come true” – Salone del Mobile – Salone Satellite, Fiera di Rho (MI), Italy

2008 – “Venti Vetri” by Massimo Lunardon – Corraini Arte Contemporanea, Mantova, Italy

2009 – Fierarredo 2009 – “Eco è facile”, (exhibition arranged by the Italian monthly magazine “Casa Facile”), Fiera di Bologna, Italy

2009 – “Venti Vetri” by Massimo Lunardon – Spazio Corraini , Milan Italy


1988-1996 IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), Milan – Course of Industrial Design

1992-1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Industrial Design (PO), Visiting professor during “Design Week”

1999 Politecnico of Milano Bovisa, Italy, Faculty of  Industrial Design, Conference on design creative process (from idea to product) – Course of Arch. Raffaella Mangiarotti

2004 IDE (International Design Exhibition), Beijing, China -  Conference on Italian design

2007 IED (Istituto Europeo di Design), Milan, Italy -  Conference on design: “From idea to product