Toshiyuki Kita was born in Osaka in 1942. His designs often link elements of European styles with others derived from Japanese culture. Until 1964 he studied industrial design at Naniwa College in Osaka. In 1967 Toshiyuki Kita opened a design practice there. In 1969 Kita went to Milan, where he worked in the studios of Mario Bellini and Silvio Coppola. In 1971 he opened a branch office of his practice in Milan and from then on commuted between Japan and Italy.