Isao Hosoe was born in Tokyo in 1942. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering and took a Master of Science at the Nihon University of Tokyo and he has lived in Milan since 1967.
He taught at the Politecnico in Milan, the Domus Academy, Elisawa in Barcelona, ISIA in Florence, Les Ateliers in Paris, RISD in Providence and at the University of Lisbon. His awards include the Compasso d’Oro, Premio SMAU, the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Red Dot prize and the Good Design Award in Japan. He has worked with many leading companies including Arflex, Belli e Forti, Bisazza, Bosch Telecom, Cassina, Fiat, Fujitsu, Isa, Itoki, Loccioni, Luxit, Mitsubishi, Palazzoli, Philips, Piaggio, Sacea, Sacmi, Segis, SNCF, Steelcase Strafor, Tiffany, Tonelli, Valenti, Zanussi. In collaboration with Loccioni Group, he developed the project Play Factory, whose Play 40 game is part of.