Born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1963, designer and educator Ido Bruno studied industrial design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design between 1988 and 1992, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree. While studying, Bruno worked as a designer in Yaakov Kaufmann’s Tel Aviv design studio, contributing to a variety of furniture and lighting designs. Between 1988 and 1999, he worked on the design and production of exhibition showcases and accessories for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Upon graduating, he opened industrial design consultancy IDBruno in Jerusalem in 1992. Between 1994 and 2006, Bruno also acted as design manager at Den-X Ltd., a medical simulation and imaging company.
In addition to his own design work, Bruno began teaching at his alma mater in 1993, where he continues to teach in the school’s industrial design department. During more than two decades at the school, Bruno has undertaken a variety of academic duties, ranging from lecturing, teaching, and advising to establishing special design studios, including “Disaster!”—a studio focused on the cultural and practical aspects of responding to and preparing for a range of disaster situations. Notably, in 2010, under Bruno’s guidance, one of his students—designer Arthur Brutter—created the Earthquake Proof Table, a school table designed to provide protection from falling debris and create a passageway for rescue team accessibility in the event of an earthquake. Brutter and Bruno subsequently worked with industry partners to begin manufacturing the tables commercially; the table was later acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Bruno has been honored with several awards, including a Helena Rubinstein Foundation scholarship for excellence in industrial design (1991); a Medical Design Excellence Award for his Image-Guided Implantology system for Den-x Medical Systems (2007); the Israel Museum’s Sandberg Prize (2008); and a Ministry of Culture Design Award for excellence in exhibition design (2013). Bruno and Brutter were jointly awarded second runner-up for the C7712DA Core77-Design Portal award in the social impact category (2012) and nominated for an Icon Magazine award (2013)—both for the EPT.
Bruno lives and works in Jerusalem.