TOSHIYUKI KITA

L&DProducer/Product-designer

Practicing both in Italy and Japan since 1969, Kita has designed a number of best-selling products for manufactures in Italy, Germany, and Japan. Most of his works, ranging from furniture to home appliances, robots, and daily goods, are in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. He is active in revitalizing and promoting local industries and traditional crafts in many parts of Japan and also works as a creative producer in various fields.
Kita was the chairperson of “Good Design Award” from 2004 to 2006 and currently serves as the executive producer for the international trade fair “LIVING&DESIGN”. He is also the advocate of the lifestyle renovation, the “RENOVETTA” project.
In Italy, Kita won the “Compasso d’Oro” in 2011 and was bestowed with the honorary title of “Commendatore” by the Italian Republic in 2017. From 2017 to 2018, he was one of the core members in preparing the report “Declaration of Design Management” issued by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in conjunction with the Japan Patent Office. He was the recipient of the “FY2018 Intellectual Property Achievement Award” by the Japan Patent Office in 2018. Kita is a professor at the Osaka University of Arts.
Publications: “Capability of Design,””Movement as Concept,””WASHI AND URUSHI,””Local industry +Design,” and “Exploration of Design.”