Yearly Archives: 2010


Guangdong Industrial Design Expo 2010

Toshiyuki Kita was invited to exhibit at the Governor Cup Guangdong Industrial Design Week as part of the Guangdong Industrial Design Activity Week in China.
Visitors learned about Kita’s design sense by touching and experiencing the exhibited works.
Wakamaru was especially popular, and many people visited this lively exhibition.

Venue: Guangzhou Poly World Trade Expo Center
Sponsored by Guangdong Industrial Design Group, Guangdong Industrial Design Association
Governor Cup Guangdong Industrial Design Week website

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Katsuji Kamata – Exhibition of Dry Lacquer Tableware

By utilizing Wajima-Noto’s 1,000 years old dry lacquer techniques, Kamata Katsuji’s endeavor of pursuing the creativity of this art, his lacquer ware is very popular these days, and it is said that he has seems to attain a style of his own lacquer technique at last. His tableware made to “being-used” for any occasions of our modern lifestyle, he will present newly created varieties of nested boxes and spoons.

VENUE : November 13th (Sat) – December 5th (Sun), 2010 at Sasayama Gallery KITA’S.






Sasayama Gallery KITA’S Seminar No.2

“Talk Session: Katsuji Kamata x Toshiyuki Kita”

VENUE : November 27th (Sat), 2010  14:00 – 15:00 at Sasayama Gallery KITA’S 2F

Gluing multifold of linens on molds made from wood or glass, base is first created by painting multifold of lacquer over the linens…; from these tedious process of dry lacquer technique, the artist will discuss what he feels important with Toshiyuki Kita whom also has collaborated with traditional lacquer craftsmen lifelong.



Michinoku(Tohoku region)’s traditional craft “Yamagata Imono(castings)” began with discovery of very suitable sand for sand-mold castings over 900 years ago in the Heian-era that still continues to this day; since then innumerable tea kettles and iron tea pots has been produced. Devoted to the traditional craft, this iron tea pot design embraces the warmth and affection of its unique casting surface texture.


Tamba Pottery series : Exhibition “TAMBA”

As one of the oldest pottery of Japan, Tamba Pottery has 800 years of history.
With the collaboration of potters who inherits those mainstream tradition, gave rise to the TAMBA series of tableware. Along with tableware that was displayed at March of this year 2010 at the gallery’s opening ceremony, new items will also be presented.

VENUE : October 9th (Sat) – October 31st (Sun), 2010 at Sasayama Gallery KITA’S.






Sasayama Gallery KITA’S Seminar No.1

“Talk Session: TAMBA Pottery Craftsmen x Toshiyuki Kita”

VENUE : October 31st (Sun), 2010  14:00 – 15:00 at Sasayama Gallery KITA’S 2F

The main items of Tamba pottery has always been tableware for everyday life.

Glaze with natural taste and the firm texture of the earth pottery makes the user feel rich in lifestyle.

With its long history of traditional craftsmanship, they will discuss the challenges and attempts of infusing the techniques into modern pottery making.


Timeless Future

Toshiyuki Kita will hold an individual exhibition titled “Timeless Future” at the China (Shunde) International Industrial Design Expo in Shunde, China, where design is making great advances. His works showcasing the concept of the “near future,” shown through a blend of the tradition and technologies that Kita employs, will be exhibited in one building.

Venue: Shunde Exhibition Center, Hall2-Masters and Designs, Guangdong, China

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Tanba ware, cultivated for over 800 years at the foot of the rich green mountains, is one of the 6 oldest pottery centers (Nihon Rokkoyo) along with Seto and Bizen. It has produced a wide range of utensils from everyday use to tea ceremony tools with emphasis on being practical, and has been loved by many people. The TANBA series was created in collaboration with the pottery craftworkers with the concept of producing a new Tanba brand using the traditional method. The contrast of the glaze that brings out the natural texture and the firing of clay bears an attractively modern tone. Size and shapes are
specifically designed for everyday use. They are designed so that these dishes may be used frequently for all occasions, both everyday special.



Water Hyacinth is an invasive water floating weed plant, with fast growth and literally covers and jams rivers and lakes becoming a pollution. Collaborating with a Thailand Company to create a new ecological furniture to make good use of this nuisance water plant, with a result of high potential of becoming a future material like the bamboo.



This is a stool made of naturally grown bamboo.
Bamboo fibers are strong and firm, and since there are excellent processing techniques available, they were bent to make the legs of the stool.
The seat is made of high-quality Italian leather, which was carefully tanned and finished.
Since the stool is light and compact, making it mobile, it can be used anywhere.
The stools can be stacked and stored as well.
Bamboo is drawing attention as a natural material of the future.



While applying the durable and thermal properties of earthen pots, the design is fit for contemporary dining scene. The good heat conducting cookware with its position-free circular form leads to efficient cooking and easy of washing.

Steam, boil, simmer or fry, the versatility of this series allows for application to the many styles of world cuisine. Made with pottery material, it is available in 2 types; for direct flame gas heaters and for IH cooking heaters that comes with a special IH Hot Carbon Plate (sold separately) which can be placed on a special ceramic plate when heating.


Milano Salone 2010,”Timeless Future”

Toshiyuki Kita will hold a solo exhibition entitled “Timeless Future” at the Triennale di Milano as part of Saloni Milano 2010. His works will showcase the concept of the “near future,” shown through a blend of the tradition and technologies that Kita employs.

Venue: Triennale di Milano Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, Italy






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Shinichi Nagami Exhibition – Wood Works

Shinichi Nagami ponders as he gathers the wood splinters and chips in the studio, “Sometimes I think I can hear all the wood chips talking to me. Perhaps because of the long years I have spent with them, they cheerfully and casually talk to me, and it is out of that fun and enjoyable conversation with woods that I’m able to create these works”, he says. These emotions and faces of wood works are the product of their communications with woods. We hope you will enjoy their voices from his works as well at the exhibition.

VENUE : March 18th (Thu) – April 2nd (Fri), 2010 at Gallery anima.




Handicraft Seminar No.28 “Talking about Woods”

“Talk Session: Shinichi Nagami x Toshiyuki Kita”

VENUE : Marchj 18th (Thu), 2010 18:00 – 19:00 at Gallery anima

Shinichi Nagami will talk with Toshiyuki Kita about handicrafts at the Sakuraseisakusho Studio, memorable episodes with George Nakashima and the spirit of craftsmanship.