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Toshiyuki Kita Exhibition “IL LUSSO DELLA NATURA” / Chiesa Di San Domenico [ALBA,Italy]

Kita’s exhibition “IL LUSSO DELLA NATURA” was held at Chiesa Di San Domenico in ALBA,Italy,
a 14th century old church located in central Alba near northern Italy of TURIN.
General supervision by Bertone Design office in Milan.

This was held in succession to Kita’s exhibition “Timeless Future” on June of 2014 in Barolo Castle of Piemonte,Italy,
a pre-MilanoEXPO2015 event.












Robohelper SASUKE

“Older the society becomes, the more human kindness is required”.
This was the design theme for this new and innovating nursing care product, SASUKE. To incorporate the need for everyday nursing care environment and to lessen the burden for all involved, Muscle Corporation’s intelligent motor “COOL MUSCLE” was used for this new design approach to transfer aid system in nursing care. Designed and developed with global requirements needed for nursing care in mind, with minimum compact size and maneuver area, SASUKE is capable of lifting the care receiver just like being embraced in both arms from below and then carried and transferred with ease and kindness. The maneuver by the care taker is very simple and instinctive by turning and tilting the grip to the direction the care worker wants to move, to which the SASUKE responds simultaneously. Adoption of battery pack and caster wheels for light-weight and ease of movement. SASUKE’s leg width is designed to be wide enough to get close to the wheelchair as possible, so the transfer aid from “Bed-to-Wheelchair-to-Bed” will become very easy.



A table designed to seem as if it might come running up, whistling. “KICK” was made to go along with the “WINK” chair and is a full of memories for Kita, who came up with the idea at Italian company Cassina’s Development Department and then quickly constructed a prototype based on the rough freehand design he made there. When “KICK” was released, it was chosen for the MOMA collection. The tabletop can be raised and lowered, as well as rotated and freely moved according to use. Expression is born from the assembly of inorganic materials, shape, and function.



A lamp made of handmade washi paper. Handmade washi is light, strong, doesn’t change color, flexible, and pervious to light. Treating an old material like washi as a new one creates harmony in the space where East and West meet.
This work places great importance on the gentle, delicate texture of washi, especially the wrinkles and folds that inevitably appear with the passing of time.



Because the goal of this piece from inception was for it to be recyclable, the seat and back are made of plastic, the legs of aluminum, and the frame of steel. Kita was asked to create a product that can be constructed within 24 hours using a automatic molding equipment.

Strength tests of the production model easy chair took two years, and the resulting folding chair created Magis’ image for the 90’s.



Can be used as a sofa, bed, or chaise lounge.

This bed-shaped sofa, through a gas cylinder mechanism, can be freely adjusted and transformed into a place ideal for resting, chatting, or sleeping.

In addition, the legs are fitted with wheels for easy movement.



This recliner is constructed of three exterior frames made of laminated wood with soft fabric and leather attached, is based on the theory of balance, and rotates 360 degrees.

A patent pending double spring system makes smooth transitions between postures possible, and the body can be moved freely into a variety of positions.



It is possible, through a design with character and originality, to create a worldwide image of the rice cooker.

Variations include polished stainless steel, white, and light yellow.

This rice cooker for the new era features three functions ideal for the modern world: white race for easy sushi, Italian risotto, and healthy steamed foods.



“Kitayama-sugi” cedar from Kyoto has been prized as a high class material and used for over six hundred years in tea houses and “sukiya” style architecture. The impressively formed trees, known for their straight trunks, can be considered a work of art in themselves.

The TRONCO series was born from an attempt to return tokobashira (ornamental alcove posts), which have long been used as a symbol of the natural world in traditional Japanese interiors, to contemporary spaces. These benches and chairs have a simple design that efficiently utilizes materials and retains the strong, gentle qualities of Kitayama-sugi cedar. Recycled aluminum is also incorporated into the legs and backs. The straightforward, modern design of these pieces is neither Japanese nor Western, and can be featured both in private homes and commercial spaces.

* “Tronco” means “log” in Italian.


Shouji Kekkai An

As a memory and reminder for the Japanese Tatami soul and culture, built using only natural materials, this 3 and a half tatami-sized space “Shouji Kekkai An” can be put together and taken apart for easy assembly and stow away, a perfect atomosphere for a tea cermony, or as a guest room. The basis for this furniture, the Ceremony Space, was exhibited in 1987 as an invitation piece at the 10th anniversary of the Pompidou Centre in Paris.



Exhibited in 1987 as an invitation piece at the 10th anniversary of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. This two-mat space is made from lacquered wood pillars and tatami mats, meaning it is constructed entirely of plants. Displayed as a memory of the culture of tatami and culture of the heart, it is a 1.8 cubic meter universe unto itself. Sitting inside it is somehow calming and allows the viewer to keenly experience a meditative space.



Simple lamps that consist merely of a washi paper sheets affixed to a frame that, instead of being confined to one location, can be used in a variety of places including set on the floor or hung.
The rubber parts that make the frame rigid also make the cord rigid as well, and the frame can be folded up compactly.



A series completed in response to a request from 7 Arita-yaki pottery studios. Seeking to create vessels that become the chef’s canvas and can be used for either Japanese, Western, or Chinese cuisine, these pieces received high marks both within Japan and overseas and are used in hotels and restaurants.



The softness and warmth of the brightness of washi paper calms the heart. Here, washi is reborn as a solid body. Kita worked towards a design that is also adaptable to modern lifestyles, wanting to create a harmony of its brightness and express the warmth of its form. The shade is an organic, free form and the frame is a sharp shape that contrasts with the shade, creating an accent for the body.


Milano Salone 2013”serie MAGICA”

Toshiyuki Kita released “serie MAGICA” from Giorgetti, one of the world’s most prominent Italian wooden furniture brands. With beautiful leather coverings, the contrast between the wooden and metal materials creates a sophisticated impression. This series is comprised of a rotary recliner, stool, and table. The active design of the chair changes when people sit on it, adding a new type of expression to Giorgetti’s dignified furniture

Period: April 9 (Tuesday) – April 14 (Sunday)
Venue: Rho International Trade Fair venue / Giorgetti Atelier via Serbelloni Milan

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Millano Salone 2013”SARUYAMA GIRO”

Toshiyuki Kita’s famous work “SARUYAMA” was released by MOROSO in 1989, followed by “SARUYAMA ISLANDS” in 2006 and the new “SARUYAMA GIRO” in 2013.
Like the SARUYAMA pieces of the past, each part of SARUYAMA GIRO can be freely combined or moved to different locations according to individual sensibilities. A space is created when a person sits on the chair, with the major theme of “the relationship between people and spaces.”

Period: April 9 (Tuesday) – April 14 (Sunday)
Venue: Rho International Trade Fair venue / MOROSO show room via Pontaccio milan

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Milano Salone 2013”New Technology + 100% Recycled Material”

Toshiyuki Kita released the MILCA series made of recycled materials, based on the theme of “new materials that are reborn multiple times.”

This series consists of a chair, table, and stool printed in different materials, and is a proposal for the future born from a collaboration with the recycling technologies of bolda.

Period: April 9 (Tuesday) – April 14 (Sunday)
Venue: ddn design view_mecenate area design via Mecenate 76 milan

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MAISON & OBJET 2013”@-chair”

Toshiyuki Kita presented an armchair and side table from the CINNA brand of Ligne roset (a French company) at Maison&Objet, an international trade fair in Paris.

Based on the concept that body posture impacts health, one can spend long hours in this chair working on the computer in a relaxed position. If you recline the back of the chair, it can also be used as a comfortable chaise longue – with this single chair you can enjoy a comfortable space that is all your own.
Furthermore, you can freely choose your preferred color combination for the cover.

Venue : Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center
Sponsor : SAFI

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Milano Salone 2012”ICHIMURA”

A stool from Ichimura Sangyo Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of advanced raw materials, was debuted at the Superstudio Piu venue of this year’s Salone Internationale del Milano. Created according to a new concept by Toshiyuki Kita, this stool combines extremely light, strong carbon fiber with an Italian material called Alcantara®. Great attention was paid to this full-scale introduction of carbon fiber in the realm of interior design, and the usage of Alcantara® was also an entirely new experiment. This stool was successfully lightened to a weight of around 800 grams, and features a practical design that incorporates advanced furniture materials to make it both strong and light. This stool – which has a soft, elegant shape that is also extremely durable and functional – is also stackable.

Period : Apr. 17(Tue) – 22(Sun), 2011
Venue : TEMPORARY MUSEUM FOR NEW DESIGN 2012, Superstudio Più


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Timeless Future

This exhibition, Kita’s first large-scale exhibition in Japan in approximately 20 years, is composed of items produced in Japan, Italy, and Northern Europe (such as furniture, daily household goods, lighting equipment, and more), as well as works from the Triennale di Milano. It is an attempt to have an overhead view of design over a long span via futuristic design, lifestyle design, and traditional industrial design.

Period : Oct. 27(Thu) – Nov. 13(SUn), 2011 h. 10.30 – 19.00
* Closed on Wednesdays (excluding holidays) / open on Nov. 2
Venue : Living Desing Center OZONE
(3F Shinjuku Park Tower)

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