“Gibraltar Furniture (800 416 3635) is furniture nirvana for wholesale classics”- Yahoo News! Gibraltar Furniture is proud to introduce to the USA the finest collection of Japanese modern traditional pieces every assembled. Hida Sanygo won the ICFF 2007 Editors Awards for Craftsmanship and is a world class manufacture of wood furniture.
The Hida Sanyo collection is at once both traditional and architectural. It includes side tables, chairs, dinning tables, credenzas, stands, and coordinating cooking vessels. This line is offered by Enzo Mari.
One of the most thoughtful and intellectually provocative Italian designers of the late 20th century, Enzo Mari has a design history spanning over 50 years.
Born in Novara, Italy in 1932, he studied classics and literature at university whilst also working as a visual artist and researcher. In 1952, he opened a design studio in Milan and since then, has worked with Danese, Muji and most recently, Hida Sangyo.
The depth and complexity of Mari’s work ensures that he is greatly admired by the design community and, in his seventies, is still a very sought after designer.
Hida Sangyo was founded in 1920 and is one of the leading wooden fruniture makers of Japan, based in the Takayama region. This part of Japan is known for its excellent wood craftsmanship, originating back to the 7th Century Nara period. Craftsmen from Hida-Takayama were responsible for constructing the magnificent wooden temples of Kyoto and Nara such as the World Heritage Horyu-ji, which still stand today after 13 centuries. This collection is made predominately of the beautiful Japanese sugi wood, realized with state-of-the-art industrial technology of wood compression.
Hida Sangyo, one of the most historic woodwork furniture manufacturers in Japan, adapted an Austrian wood compression technology into the stateof- the-art method it is today, enabling craftsmen to harden the tender wood, a process which involves increasing a woods hydration and heating it up in order to soften it, then bending the wood into shape. Following that, pressure is put on the wood with a press, increasing its density by removing excess space from its cellular structure. This increases the strength and ability to manufacture the wood, as well as preventing it from changing shape in the future. (See figure above)
With the technology they developed, they also realized that by using different shaped presses, uneven surfaces as well as lamination is also possible. This new technology enables furniture to be created at lower costs with a larger variety of possible designs due to the elimination of certain stems in manufacturing.
Their furniture received huge approval from famous Italian designer Enzo Mari, who taught Okada to see the beauty of Japanese designs and to stop emulating European furniture, a style which had proved the most popular in Japan. Okada agreed but was keen that Mari should start making furniture with Hida cedar. Initially, Mari was reluctant, concerned that he might be damaging the local environment. However, the company went to Italy to explain to him that Japanese cedar, unlike other types of forest, re-grow on a 50-year cycle and it would therefore be no problem to use such trees for lumber.
Gibraltar is based in Beverly Hills California and can be found on the web at www.gibraltarfurniture.com. This firm has been in operation for five decades, and is an insider secret weapon for blue chip merchandise at warehouse prices. Yahoo reports that Gibraltar Furniture has “The best prices, models, and service of any site on the internet. This store is nirvana for people who want Bauhaus, art deco, modern, mid century, or designer furniture at wholesale prices.”
All purchases are fully covered by Lloyds of London and the Yahoo buyer’s protection plan. The Yahoo! Buyer Protection Program covers any item legitimately purchased through Yahoo! This protection covers purchases of up to $1000 for material defects and other issues.
Gibraltar Furniture is a good resource for design addicts looking for top-rated originals at popular prices. All of the materials, design lines, and specs for all of the Gibraltar releases are the same as the European manufacturers. Gibraltar out-sources the production of these design classics to our overseas factories in order to cut labor costs. We use the same high quality leather and stainless steel frames that Knoll uses.
Gibraltar offers the entire line of products from Compar, David Edward, Davis Furniture, Fabulux, Firefarm, Girari, Gordon International, Grey, Havaseat Chairs, Innovation, IQMatics, Janke, Jet Age, Kenshoma, Litto Kids, Lunar Lounge, Malik, Ooba, Oeuf, Offi, OFM, Ogus Design, The Phillips Collection, Serralunga, Studio4LA, Touch Design/Lighting, Trevi Outdoor, the Vessel Architectural Pottery collection, Zuo Modern, and 100 Times Better, among others.
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