07 JUL 2016

Saito Wood – Elegant Japanese Design

We love how Japanese design perfectly balances fine craftsmanship and simplicity.

Saito Wood is a family owned company with a proud history that dates back to 1948. After the war Isamu Saito started a small factory producing basically anything that he could find a buyer for - from made-to-order furniture right through to baseball bats.

Times were tough in the early days and Isamu Saito knew he needed something special to keep the company going. Fortuitously he had worked with moulded plywood during the war. At that time there was a serious shortage of iron in Japan and Isamu Saito helped develop fuel tanks out of plywood.

Initially the company made small cylinders. Isamu Saito would stack these on his bicycle trailer and sell them to local townspeople. By the 1960s Saito Wood was creating a range of simple and elegant waste baskets and plywood products. These became staple objects in homes, hotels and restaurants throughout Japan and Europe.

Today Saito Wood is still run by Isamu Saito's family. The company continues to produce some of the most perfectly crafted plywood products available. In grandson Takuya Saito's words "we intend to continue making paper baskets and trays. It is a simple goal, but in this day and age, achieving a simple goal is not a simple matter."

Click here to view the full range of Saito Wood products.


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