K06 Aki Biki Canta
A design that responds to the needs of modern-day society and the rhythms of life in the era of the home office, where the technology is “always on”, as much in the home as it is in the work space. The objective was to create a mobile sitting-room in the form of a comfortable and dynamic armchair that could swivel through 360 degrees, while also being comfortable. Suited to many contexts, including the “soft contract” setting, this chair is also available with an arm-rest on either side, one of which can serve as a head-rest. Available in either leather or fabric covers, as well on castors.
Toshiyuki Kita is a furniture and product designer. He was born in 1942, in Osaka, Japan. Professor at the Osaka University of Arts. His earliest pieces, the Wink Chair and the Kick Table are currently in the permanent collections of the New York City Museum of Modern Art and Hamburg, Germany's Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe.
He has served as a governmental advisor to Singapore, Thailand, and China for their country’s revitalization of its design resource. Very active in revitalizing and promoting local Japanese traditional crafts and industries. Producer of the international trade fair for home and lifestyle renovation “Living & Design” and proponent of Japanese lifestyle renovation, the “RENOVETTA” project. In 2015, his invitational exhibition “Il Lusso Della Natura” was held at Chiesa San Domenico Church in Alba, Italy.
He received multiple international awards include the 1990 “Delta de Oro (Gold Prize)” Award of Spain, and the ADI prize “carrier Internazionale of Compasso d'Oro” of Italy in 2011.
He was bestowed with the honorary title of Commendatore by the Italian Republic, in 2017.
His recent publications include "Power of Design" (Nikkei Publishing Inc., 2007), "Local Industry + Design" (Gakugei Shuppan-Sha, 2009), "Venture for Design 1969 - Why I Went to Italy to Design" (Gakugei Shuppan-Sha, 2012), and many more. His DVD “Made with Heart and Soul”, 20 minutes documentary on Kita’s 40 years of collaboration with various local Japanese traditional arts and craftsmanship was awarded the Gold Prize of World Media Festival 2012 (Public Relations/Culture) at Hamburg, Germany, in 2012.