Maruni Wood Industry is a Japanese furniture brand that creates sophisticated minimalist designs through a combination of industrial and craft techniques. Working under the concept of “Industrialised Craftsmanship”, Maruni strives to produce furniture that captures the delicate Japanese sensibility while being utilitarian, beautiful and accessible.
With a desire for quality, and excellence in craftsmanship, high value is placed on knowledge and skill sharing in order to preserve 90 years of world-class craft heritage.
Based in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, Maruni was founded in 1928 by Takeo Yamanaka. Under the art direction of Naoto Fukasawa and the design expertise of Jasper Morrison, Maruni continues to cultivate the strong Japanese tradition of wood based design.
From building structures such as Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines through to private dwellings and the tools that we use in our everyday lives, Japan is a nation that has for many centuries cultivated traditions based on wood that occupy an important position in our daily lives. Takeo Yamanaka, the founder of Maruni Wood Industry, spent his childhood at Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture, a place that has a rich heritage of traditional crafts based on the use of wood. Yamanaka studied mechanical engineering at university, and became interested in the idea of applying the theoretical foundations that he had acquired to wood as a material. He taught himself German and avidly read the technical literature on the subject originating in Europe, which led to Maruni’s absorbsion of European design principles. Maruni was one of the first companies to pioneer accessible, mass-produced furniture that combined industrial and craft techniques to introduce Western furniture designs to Japan.
Under the art direction of Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison works with Maruni’s exceptional engineers and crafts people to continue this tradition of innovative and beautiful Japanese furniture.