Milano Salone 2018

We participated in Milano Salone 2018.
We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to those who attended Salone. Milano Salone was again well-received this year. We are thankful for the reception we received for our work and are blessed to have had the pleasure to meet so many people.

Hall 10 Stand E23

Salone del Mobile.
Milano

Date:
April 17 (Tue) — 22 (Sun) 2018
Location:
Rho Fiera Milano, Italy
Hall 10 stand E23
Official site:
https://www.salonemilano.it/en/

Newest Item 2018

    SORI YANAGI COLLECTION
    Bar Stool

    This new bar stool was born under the supervision of the YANAGI DESIGN OFFICE by emulating the Sori Yanagi Chair (YD251) produced by Hida Sangyo.

    gifoï
    Lounge Chair

    The gifoï line, born from a collaboration with atelier oï, was unveiled at the 2016 Salone del Mobile.Milano. This year, a lounge chair prototype from this line will be on display. The line seeks to show the appeal of compressed straight graind cedar to the world.

Concept

Bending and compressing wood are two of the expert skills possessed by the craftsmen of Hida

The technique that could be thought of as the starting point of Hida Sangyo as a company is wood bending, a technique that was passed down by the master craftsmen of Hida. Bending the wood is achieved by first soaking and steaming the wood to soften it, then clamping it into a bending die; the curved surface is hardened by drying the wood, and then it is ready to use. In addition to creating elegant and beautiful curves, allowing the wood grain to follow the bend produces strong, supple shapes, and bending also has the advantage of the much more efficient use of the wood, compared to an identical piece cut from larger stock, which produces waste. Hida Sangyo possesses five distinct bending techniques, including “press bending” which is suitable for tight bends, and “hand bending” which enables three-dimensional shapes to be formed, all of which can be used appropriately to realize any design. Furthermore, this traditional wood bending technique expands the possibilities of cedar; wood deemed unsuitable for furniture due to its soft and scratch-prone characteristics. Capitalizing on the know-how of wood bending that compresses the inside, soaking and steaming the cedar to make the wood tissue soft, then compressing it, made it possible to create cedar as hardy wood. Faced with the challenge of the cedar returning to its original size due to humidity, Hida Sangyo also thoroughly researched hemical-free ways of making the wood keep ts shape after compression. Thus, furniture that makes good use of cedar’s beautiful straight grain was born.

Products

Bent wood

  • SORI YANAGI COLLECTION

    Designed by Sori Yanagi

    You can sit; you can also just admire as it is

    Hida Sangyo is reproducing the design works of Sori Yanagi, who laid the foundations for product design in Japan. The armchair was completed without destroying the original form by utilizing sophisticated wood bending techniques in the armrests. Furthermore, in 2017, this armchair was selected to go on display as part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. There will also be a new bar stool on display that was created under the supervision of the Yanagi Design Office.

  • SEOTO

    Designed by Motomi Kawakami

    Enveloping you like the restful sound of a babbling stream

    A chair with an impressively lithe form, featuring a single piece of wood that extends down from the top rail to become the armrests, and culminates as the back legs. Wood bending techniques are used to great effect to create the beautiful curve of the top rail that, together with the larger seat, firmly supports your body, producing a relaxing sense of comfort. The armrests are short, meaning that they do not get in the way when using and moving the chair, and they are also an easy-to-grasp detail that assists in making the motions of sitting and standing smooth.

  • kinoe

    Designed by Ibuki Kaiyama

    Furniture that shows the beauty of branches

    A chair that uses a tree branch as is for the top rail, revealing characteristic natural shapes and textures. Though uneven and therefore difficult to handle, by applying wood bending techniques to the unprocessed branch, it was possible to create a comfortable back that gently cradles the body. Also, thanks to the birth of “kinoe,” it has become possible to use Japanese forest cedar and Japanese cypress trees entirely, without waste, by using the trunk for furniture and wooden floors, the leaves for essential oils, and the branches for use in “kinoe” furniture.

  • TATAMIZA

    Designed by Kenya Hara

    Changing the view of Japanese den

    Kenya Hara, one of Japan’s leading graphic designers, pursued of the ideal chair for daily use in his den. This product was his answer. The chair’s simple form, which looks like one-stroke sketch was born out of the designer’s strong belief “minimizing the form down to the primary function, all you need is back support.” The chair’s simple form was realized through the use of woodwork bending techniques to overcome the issue of conventional board-shaped backrests being conspicuous and lacking in the sense of originality. The designer himself prefers to use Zabuton, Japanese cushion for sitting for additional comfort. In 2017, this zaisu was selected to go on display as part of the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Compressed Japanese ceder

  • gifoï

    Designed by atelier oï

    Gifu + oï, a union of Hida technique and Swiss talent

    A collaboration with the Swiss design studio, atelier oï, resulted in gifoï. Inspiration was drawn from the rocks commonly found around the hot springs in Gifu prefecture. The series evokes the tactile sensation of smooth, naturally polished rock, and makes use of compressed cedar for the back and seat. The chair on display is a prototype of a lounge chair that was made using compressed, straight-grained cedar.

  • HIDA

    Designed by Enzo Mari

    Utilizing Japanese cedar; protecting the forest

    This furniture-making project, a collaboration by Italian design maestro Enzo Mari and Hida Sangyo, makes full-scale use of compressed cedar wood. Themed around “sustainability,” the project makes use of domestic cedar, which needs to be periodically thinned. To contribute to forest maintenance and resource cultivation, the Hida series uses domestic cedar exclusively. All of the products treat cedar wood’s many knots as a unique feature, and you can sense the beauty of nature in them.

  • KISARAGI

    Designed by Motomi Kawakami

    An innovation called Compressed Straight-grained cedar

    KISARAGI is the world’s first dining chair to make use of straight-grained cedar wood. HIDA’s attempt to leverage the appeal of the dignified straight grain that is characteristic of cedar lead to research for compressed wood that was not “cross-grain wood,” where knots and the like appear in the wood, but “straight-grain wood,” which requires more precise and uniform compression technology. Success in this research birthed “Kisaragi,” where the beautiful straight grain and straight lines are put in their best light. The name “Kisaragi” means “for plants to turn over a new leaf,” symbolizing domestic cedar wood being given a new lease on life.

  • HTS-EX SUGI

    The simple beauty of straight-grained cedar

    A table using Hida’s original wood material “compressed straight-grained cedar wood” has been added to the “HTS-EX” series, which is themed around fine quality and a high-grade feel. The reddish-brown look, which brings mahogany and teak — two of the three precious woods — to mind. The straight grain, which becomes visible through careful treatment, embodies delicate Japanese craftsmanship. The table acts to make the room where it is placed feel more high quality, and the warmth and elegance of the wood continue to intensify with time.

About us

HIDA

What is HIDA?

Hida-Takayama
Where tradition creates innovation

Since the Asuka period, the “craftsmen of Hida” have shouldered our nation’s woodworking culture. Ceaselessly continuing that history and mentality, they have earnestly refined their crafting skills and their spirits for roughly a century. In the Hida Takayama territory of Gifu Prefecture, furniture that cherishes the uniqueness and natural beauty of form possessed by wood are being produced by craftsmen’s hands, even today. Please feel these products, which are fusions of Hida’s cultivated materials, techniques and sense of aesthetics, as well as the sensibilities of designers who are active around the world. Through the palm of your hand, you’re sure to fill up with the joy of living with the real.

With New Logotype

In 2017, we opened HIDA, our flagship location in midtown Tokyo, as a place where we could engage with our customers. This new shop together with a simpler yet more impactful logo is the direction we have taken to become a business that serves a wider global market. As we await our 100th anniversary two years from now, we intend to have the new logo represent HIDA as an international brand, and convey to the rest of the world the passion and the craftsmanship of Hida.