Mykita was founded in Germany in 2004 by two product design students Philipp Haffmans and Harald Gottschling. They were first based in a nursery (Kita in German) which inspired the brand name. Their first models were created after they acquired old button manufacturing machines from flea markets and started bending sheets of metal into shape, they nick-named their workshop the “African Machine Park”.
This process was the basis of their success as each frame is now handmade from sheets of surgical stainless steel that are bent into shape making them incredibly light weight but durable. The innovation continued in the hinge design which consists of simple plug connections as opposed to screws.