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News Releases 2009

Hokumin Furniture Brand and Production Taken Over by HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD.

October 16, 2009
HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD.
Kuraray Interior Co., Ltd.
(The Kuraray Group)

Kuraray Interior Co., Ltd.—a wholly owned Kuraray subsidiary (Headquarters: Kita-ku, Osaka City)—announced in May of this year that its luxury Japanese-style Hokumin Furniture business would be ceasing operations. Having subsequently received calls from several quarters demanding that the Hokumin Furniture business be saved, Kuraray Interior now announces that furniture maker HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD. (Headquarters: Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture) recently took over the Hokumin Furniture* brand and manufacturing plant and will commence operations on November 16. HIDA SANGYO will also provide repair services on an ongoing basis for customers who currently own Hokumin furniture.

  • (*) Hokumin Furniture (Hokkaido Mingei Kagu) is a leading Japanese folk craft furniture brand established in 1964 by Kuraray Interior’s forerunner, the Hokkaido Folk Craft Timber Works Co., Ltd.

Schedule

Commencement of HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD.’s Hokumin Furniture operations: November 16, 2009

Company overviews

Company Name Kuraray Interior Co., Ltd. HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD.
Headquarters 1-12-39 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City 1-82-1Nada-machi Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
Plant Mikasa City, Hokkaido Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture
President Kiyoshi Kitagawa Sanzo Okada
Principal businesses Furniture manufacturing and marketing Furniture manufacturing and marketing
Capital ¥10 million (wholly owned by Kuraray) ¥300 million
Number of employees 48 274

Reference

Hokumin Furniture

Established in 1964 by Soichiro Ohara (Kuraray's second president), whose father, Magosaburo Ohara (Kuraray's first president), had gained a deep insight into the mingei (folk craft) movement that had flourished around Muneyoshi Yanagi in the late 1920s. Inheriting and developing the fundamental folk craft idea of "buying in bulk means good prices," Hokumin furniture has brought to fruition "real beauty in domestic furniture"-in other words, "beauty of use." The manufacturing process, which pursues authenticity by utilizing large amounts of Hokkaido birch and emphasizes hand manufacture by artisans alongside modern technologies, has many fans. As a symbol of responsibility and trust, Hokumin Furniture’s familiar logo features a design by Living National Treasure Keisuke Serizawa.

HIDA SANGYO Co., LTD.
Leading Japanese maker of legged furniture founded in 1920. Inheriting the spirit and techniques embodied in its masterful carpentry, HIDA's manufacturing processes have received high acclaim. Sanzo Okada has been president since 2000. The Mori no Kotoba (Words of the Woods) series, for which knotty wood is used, and HIDA, which utilizes compressed cedar, are being offered as products that defy convention.