Toshiyuki Kita, Anima

Galerie Binnen Amsterdam

The Premsela Foundation is organizing a series of specially themed Sunday afternoons together with a different partner each time. The series is called ‘Premsela & Partner Present’ and the first afternoon, Big in Japan, was presented in conjunction with Gallery Binnen on February 13 2005 at the Felix Meritis centre for arts and sciences in Amsterdam. The special relationship between the Netherlands and Japan will be the focal point of the afternoon. The afternoon’s special guests were the renowned Japanese designer Toshiyuki Kita and Dutch designer Richard Hutten, who has enjoyed success in Japan. Hutten told of his experiences in Asia, the Japanese media’s interest for his work and his production houses in Tokyo, Idée and E&Y. Industrial designer Peter Krouwel introduced Toshiyuki Kita and his work, followed by an interview with Kita by Timo de Rijk.

Toshiyuki Kita (b. Osaka, 1942) is certainly the most European of Japanese designers. His designs include both industrial products such as furniture, TVs, watches and even a robot for Mitsubishi, as well as traditional handicrafts in tin, ceramic, paint and paper. He has had ateliers in Osaka and Milan since the 1960s and his clients include De Padova, Moroso, Thonet, Sharp, Seiko, Magis and Mitsubishi. Kita’s international breakthrough came in 1980 with the introduction of his Wink chair for Cassina, a successful synthesis of the organic and multifunctional approach of the East and technical innovations and the influences of pop art from the West. The English magazine i-D calls Kita one of the 40 most influential people in the international design world. The Premsela Foundation invited Kita to become acquainted with design in the Netherlands under the HGIS cultural policy visitors’ programme of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, Culture and Science from February 14 -16.

Richard Hutten (b. 1967) is one of the Netherlands’ most internationally successful designers. Together with his own studio he creates designs for furniture, industrial products, interiors and exhibitions. His breakthrough in Japan came in the late 1990s; his Sexy Relaxy chair and other designs have been in regular production there ever since. At the moment, he is working together with architectural bureau MVRDV in Rotterdam and the Design Academy Eindhoven on a building in South Korea and on a curriculum for the ‘Richard Hutten Design Academy’.

Big in Japan starts at 2pm in Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam. Immediately following the programme, Anima, the first retrospective exhibition of Toshiyuki Kita’s work to be held in the Netherlands, will be opened at Gallery Binnen. The exhibition has been curated by design historian Peter van Kester and will be open to the public from February 16 to March 26 2005, at Gallery Binnen, Keizersgracht 82, Amsterdam. Opening hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12pm to 6pm.

Premsela & Partner Present: Big in Japan
Date: February 13 2005. 2pm
Location: Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Admission: Free
Programming and organisation: Premsela Foundation and Gallery Binnen

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