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The origins of Karimoku can be traced back to 1940, when the company's founder, Shohei Kato, began a small woodworking studio after inheriting a longstanding timber yard in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture. These skills were polished through production of a wide range of timber products and Karimoku began selling its own timber furniture in the 1960s. The company grew to become one of Japan’s leading timber manufacturers, building a foundation in the timber industry as a fusion of precise mechanization and craftsmanship, around the motto of “high tech, high touch”. Natural timber, produced from the majestic power of nature. Karimoku creates interior spaces to match lifestyles, pursuing ergonomics from the perspective of “people and furniture” while incorporating the latest technology. Karimoku takes pride in its high quality furniture products, made thanks the collective input of the Karimoku group and its affiliate network.