Giancarlo Mino, born in Locarno, Switzerland in 1982 to a Mexican mother and an Italian father, graduated from the ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d'Art à Lausanne, Switzerland) in 1995, where he had studied industrial and product design. This four-year experience enabled him to take an interest in the process of creation of series-produced objects, collaborating with pertinent, internationally-renowned designers.
In spring 2006, he departed for Milan, where he worked as a designer for Matteo Thun, designer-architect and co-founder with Ettore Sottsass of the Memphis movement of the 1980's.
This collaboration enabled him to gain a closer appreciation of the world of Italian design. At the agency, he participated in a range of projects for brands and manufacturers from both Italy and abroad. At the same time, he pursued his own projects, taking part in competitions and gaining himself a number of nominations and exhibitions for Alcantara (at the 'Fiera del Mobile', Zona Tortona, Milan) and for Designboom in Korea.