Yota Kakuda was born in Japan in 1979.
Based in London since 2003, he acquired experience in various design studios including those of Shin Azumi and Ross Lovegrove. He then obtained his Masters in Product Design 2005-2007) from the Royal College of Art, under Ron Arad and Kenneth Grange, with the help of a grant from the Japanese government. Returning to Tokyo in 2008, he worked as a product designer for Muji. In 2011 he opened his own studio, Yota Kakuda Design, in Tokyo.