Industrial Tourism in Japan
Conde House 株式会社カンディハウス Japan Style – Introduction of industries for buyers –
“Appreciate nature and make furniture near forests.” A “Japanese spirit” with respect for nature and consideration for others combined with skills and expertise created the smooth touch and organic design of this furniture.
Kamuy LUX Dining Armchair H (Wooden Seat)
The method used for making plywood was applied to the curved backrest: solid wood was sliced thinly, warped, then put together. It looks smooth and beautiful, as though a solid piece of wood was warped.
Mom Dining Extention Table/Runt Om Chair (Upholstered Seat)
The chair with a round seat, as the name “Runt (Round)” suggests, is a long-selling and symbolic item of CONDE HOUSE which has been redesigned multiple times since its release 45 years ago. Paired with an extendable table.
Efforts and challenges of creators that have been passed on since its establishment cast remarkable designs into shape.
Minoru Nagahara, the founder who read trends and explained the importance of designs
One cannot discuss the current Asahikawa – “The Town of Designer Furniture” – without referring to the presence of Minoru Nagahara, the founder of CONDE HOUSE. He began training as a furniture craftsman after graduating from junior high school, then went to Germany when he was 28. After returning home in 1968, he started making chairs while the rest of Asahikawa was producing cabinets. He made new attempts at pointing out the importance of designs, using locally sourced water oak – which was sold to other countries back then – and introducing German-made machine tools. He loves the forests of Asahikawa and led actions to promote the use of local wood materials.
Cutting-edge machines and human hands. A constant challenging spirit creates new designs
That challenging spirit still lives in the craftsmanship of CONDE HOUSE. The company established a mass production system for organic design furniture by introducing state-of-the-art 3D machine tools to improve the processing technique of solid wood, which is their strength, and letting craftsmen add the finishing touches. To expand the range of “work that can be done within the company”, they venture to work with designers from outside the company to pioneer new techniques. In recent years, they are attempting designs that recapture the Japanese spirit and aesthetic sense from the point of view of foreign designers. They continue to lead Asahikawa in delivering new “Japanese Furniture”.
Asahikawa, located in the center of Hokkaido, is the second largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo. Furniture production sites spread across the basin, including adjoining towns Higashikawa-cho and Higashikagura-cho.
ABOUT THE VISIT
- Visitation Hours : Mon to Fri, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
*May be open on Saturdays. Please inquire.
*Closed during year-end and new years holidays, Golden Week (from late April to early May), and summer holidays (mid-August). Please ask for available dates.
- Number of Visitors Allowed : Up to approximately 30 people
- Time Required for Observation : Approximately 1.5 hours
- How to Apply : Apply for the desired date and time of visit by phone, fax, or email at least one week in advance
- Other : The showroom and factory are also available for visits.
The area centered around the Taisetsu volcanic group, including Mt. Asahi (2291m), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, is called “The Roof of Hokkaido” and is popular among mountain climbers. “Shujitsu no Oka Hill”, located southeast of Asahikawa Airport, is a famous viewing spot.
Biei no Oka Hill
A hilly area that spreads across both sides of the JR Furano Line. In summer, one can enjoy the view of various flowers such as potato blossoms, covering the hill like patchwork. The best time to view this scenery is the end of June, when the “Asahikawa Design Week” is held.
A zoo known to display animals in ways that bring out their natural behavior. There is a tubular water tank in which seals swim up and down. Animal feeding “Mogu Mogu Time” and penguin walks in winter are popular.
- Exports to
Locally incorporated companies in USA and Germany
Companies in Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, India, Thailand, and the Philippines under dealer agreements
- Japanese, English
- Company Name
- CONDE HOUSE CO., LTD.
- 6-chome Nagayama-Kita 2-jo, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
- Tel 0166-56-0409 Fax 0166-49-2225 (International Department HQ)
- 160,000,000 yen
- Number of Employees
- 293 people
- Executive Chairman Naoyuki Watanabe, President Tetsuya Fujita
- Business Description
- Production of residential and commercial furniture, interior design, designing, construction
- Sofas/ottomans, chairs, tables, chests/cabinets, beds, accessories, etc.
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