The Development of Original Furniture by Futaba Industrial in Kyoto, Japan: The Transition of Manufacturing Style and the Influence of Scandinavian Modernity.
Journal of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design, Special Issue on Design Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1
The purpose of this essay is to clarify how the modern design was accepted and developed in local small and medium-sized companies through research at Futaba Furniture Industry, a furniture manufacturer in Kyoto.
Futaba Furniture Industry was founded in 1921 as Otsuki Shokai, an interior decoration company, and registered as Futaba Industry in 1943.
In 1964, Toshiro Yamamoto (1924-2009) became the design advisor for the interior design of the Kyoto Kaikan cafeteria, and Yoriko Tanimoto (1942-) was hired as a full-time designer to start producing original furniture.
In 1975, Futaba Furniture Industry became the first exclusive distributor of Finnish furniture manufacturer Artek in Japan. The newly hired designer, Masami Murata (1952-2010), studied Scandinavian modernity and tried various design approaches to improve the quality and seating comfort of mass-produced furniture.
In light of the above, I would like to discuss the possibilities of design in mass-produced furniture.