Toshiyuki Kita

1970-1980 : Dal Design Al Post-Design
Edited by Isa Vercelloni


First edition, published in 1980 by Edizioni Condé Nast / Casa Vogue (Milan), of this little known furniture book, edited by Casa Vogue editor Isa Vercelloni, who brought us the 1985 classic “Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue”.

This fantastic hardcover book, the first in Casa Vogue’s book library, is dedicated entirely to showcasing furniture by (amongst many other deisgners) Aldo Rossi, Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Toshiyuki Kita, Achille Castiglioni, Alchimia, Paolo Nava, Antonio Citterio, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, B&B Italia, Cassina, Flos, Poltronova, Vico Magistretti, Artemide, Stilnovo, Mario Bellini, Josef Hoffman, Studio Driade, Poltronova, Carlo Scarpa, Gae Aulenti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Eileen Grey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, , Pierre Jeanneret, C&B Italia, Mario Ceroli, Cini Boeri, Arflex, Zanotta, Superstudio, Archizoom, Knoll, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Jonathan de Pas, De. Pas + D’urbino + Lomazzi, Donato d’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Gufram, Giani Ruffi, Piero Gilardi, Joe Columbo, Sergio Asti, Hans Hollein…

Scarce, wonderfully compiled Italian title of 1970’s-1980’s furniture design and its influences.

* Condition: Very Good (tight, clean copy) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-15: Five Sensors of an Age
Tadao Ando, Takashi Sugimoto, Rei Kawakubo, Toshiyuki Kita, Masayuki Kurokawa

The first (and only) printing of the scarce “Hi-Pop Design Series Alpha-1: Five Sensors of an Age” published by the mighty Rikuyo-Sha Publishing house in Tokyo, 1985.

This beautifully designed, over-sized 383-page volume generously profiles five of Japan’s leading design practitioners of the 1980’s:

Architecture: Tadao Ando
Interior Design: Takashi Sugimoto
Fashion Design: Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons)
Industrial Design: Toshiyuki Kita
Product Design: Masayuki Kurokawa

Each designer’s section includes many photographs of their work of the 1980’s, as well as texts, their views on the design philosophy of the time and interviews in Japanese and English, making enough content to create an independent book on each designer! Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons section alone would make for a wonderful Comme publication in its own right.

Features an interview between fashion designer Rei Kawakubo and architect Tadao Ando entitled “Aesthetics of Monochrome”.

* Condition: Very good/fine – (Tight and clean copy in protective plastic sleeve) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

Due to the size and weight of this volume, your order will possibly incur additional postage costs.  We will contact you with the best shipping advice upon your order, or alternatively, please email us in advance.  Thank you for understanding.

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Furniture Innovation “KAGU”
Tokyo Designer's Week


“KAGU-Tokyo Designer’s Week ’88”, November 1988, presented various phases of design, reflecting environmental changes.  The exhibition featured the works of leading designers.  A rare exhibition of furniture design.  It was like a “Tokyo Collection”of furniture design.  The drastic change in furniture and interior design these past year could clearly be observed through the exhibits.  – Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Design Critic, 1989

This heavy catalogue to this very unique and crucial furniture exhibit in Tokyo in 1988 highlights the many incredible designs of Japan’s leading and young furniture designers of the late 1980’s.  It also features commissioned texts by Shigeru Uchida, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Andrea Branzi and Vincenzo Iavicoli.
With the furniture pieces all documented in full-colour and black and white, with profiles on their designers and exhibition views, this book is a must for anybody interested in Japanese furniture and post-modern design in general.

Features the furniture work of Shiro Kuramata, Masanori Umeda, Hiroshi Awatsuji, Takashi Sugimoto, Kozo Abe, Teruaki Ohashi , Toshiyuki Kita, Takenobu Igarashi, Hidenori Seguchi, Aijiro Wakita, Kunihiro Matsuyama, Setsuo Kitaoka, Toyo Ito, Katsuhiko Togashi, amongst many many more designers.

* Condition: Good (copy is ex-library book and thus has stickers/stamps reflecting this history) – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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