Hida Sangyo is based in Hida-Takayama, a city in mountainous Gifu Prefecture, home to an abundance of native beech forests and a long history of prospering as a centre of wooden furniture production in Japan.
The company’s furniture incorporates the age-old skills and craftsmanship for which Hida-Takayama is renowned, whilst continuously seeking out new methods of design and production. Operating for over a century, the company was the first in Japan to proudly display wood’s natural knots, going against the smooth lines which previously defined Japanese furniture making.
Today, collaborations with overseas designers allow Hida Sangyo to reinterpret western aesthetics in a Japanese style, creating new pieces which emphasise Japanese craftsmanship and materials. The company makes use of revolutionary techniques to give a second life to often-overlooked domestic wood. In their factory, cedar - typically too brittle and malleable for furniture - is compressed, producing a durability that allows designers to create silky-smooth, long-lasting chairs and tables which have cedar’s attractive, subtle scent.
Select Hida Sangyo items were on display in The Shop at Japan House London in the spring 2019, coinciding with London Craft Week (8–12 May 2019) which celebrates exceptional craftsmanship from around the globe each year.