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Toshiyuki Kita

Toshiyuki Kita

*  1942 Osaka

The Japanese designer Toshiyuki Kita studied industrial design at Naniwa College in Osaka until 1964. In 1967 he opened a design practice in Osaka but, two years later, in 1969, Toshiyuki Kita went to Milan to work in the practices of Mario Bellini and Silvio Coppola. In 1971 Toshiyuki Kita opened a branch of his own practice in Milan, and from then on commuted between Japan and Italy. Toshiyuki Kita's best known design is a piece of seat furniture, the "Wink" , which was produced by Cassina in 1980. The "Wink" can be adjusted to several positions; the foot folds out to turn the seat into a daybed. With the artist Keith Haring, Toshiyuki Kita designed the "On Taro" and "On Giro" lamps for Kreon in 1988. In 1989 Toshiyuki Kita designed a multipurpose room for the Sony company headquarters in Tokyo. Toshiyuki Kita's designs often unite European stylistic elements with others characteristic of Japanese culture. Toshiyuki Kita has designed furniture, tableware, and lighting for, among others, the Japanese firms Koshudo, Johoku Mokko, and Yamagiwa as well as Bernini, Cassina, de Padova, Disegno Due, Kreon, Tecnolumen, Wittmann, and Interprofil in Europe.