Toshiyuki Kita’s book, Made with Heart and Soul, traces the author’s 40-year collaboration with traditional craft in his native Japan
The furniture and product designer holds definite views on the future of interior design in his homeland. Tens of millions of housing units, many built during the construction boom in the years following World War II, currently require renovation. Such modernization should reinforce the importance of design in Japan while boosting the country’s stagnant economy. He laments what he sees as a lack of interior design literacy among his fellow Japanese, but thinks a wave of renovations could improve the situation.