Ergonomically correct and exquisitely versatile, Cassina’s Wink armchair cleverly unfolds into a chaise-longue. “Sitting on Wink means sitting on the floor and, when you are seated there, according to oriental tradition, your spirit rises,” explains designer Toshiyuki Kita. Its proportions of-the-moment, Wink has a multi-functional mission with a pop look, and can be personalised in either leather, or in an ample array of fabrics and colours, with more added regularly. The back, and head-rest can be adjusted by means of the handles on the side, these being available in a range of shades to match the front and back legs.
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.