Born in Japan, Naoko Shintani has lived and worked in Italy since 1989. She has worked in the area of industrial design since 1981, collaborating with a number of companies in the field of home furnishings and accessories. She also works in packaging and has completed projects for the packaging industry and the gourmet confectionary field. She designs exhibition space for trade fairs as well as displays for numerous showrooms and shops, and her work was been awarded by the Italian Association of Window Decorators. Shintani also works as an art director for various companies.