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Cross-Cultural Dialogue

To serve people, To make harmony, To be innovative: this is the
foundation upon which Japanese furniture manufacturer, MARUNI Wood Industry Inc., craft
their furniture lines.

For almost a century Maruni Wood Industry Inc. has harnessed the beauty and skill of the handcrafted to manufacture interior furniture for living. Despite the mass produced reality of their collections, each piece exudes a visual poetry of its own.

Producing furniture since the late 1920s, MARUNI have had lots of practice at their craft, combining the delicate and precise work of highly skilled machine workers with handiwork craftsmen.

Theirs is a culture of high quality, says MARUNI’s public relations officer, Kozue Ohyama. And, while they are primarily a manufacturing company, “we also have in-house designers that design many of our furniture lines”, he says.

Producing a number of furniture lines under associated brands – or “projects” as Ohyama refers to them, MARUNI has put the magic wand to good use with Nextmaruni and the Maruni Collection.

One of their most recent series, under the Maruni Collection, is the Hiroshima series by Naoto Fukasawa.

The chairs and tables of Hiroshima are defined by subtle lines and simple structures which highlight their natural Beech and Oak frames.

It is envisaged that these pieces can be used everywhere, says Ohyama of the visually harmonious series.

True to form, the pieces are all about gentle curves and tapering sides, complementing their surrounds – wherever they may be – in an elegant, understated way.

And, whether it’s highlighting the wood surface and grain, or “accentuating the beauty of the light shining on their surfaces”, MARUNI’s pieces converse with the user on a subliminal level.

"We hope our furniture will be used across the globe and people will have an affinity with it for a long time," says Ohyama.