Founded in 1928, Showa Bentwood Factory established the technique of bentwood working that was considered extremely difficult at the time. The name of the company was changed to Maruni Wood Industry, Inc. in 1933, after which the company set about achieving the industrial application of crafts skills in distinction to traditional Japanese methods of furniture production, which had remained until then firmly rooted in the field of the handicrafts. This was thus one of the first Japanese companies to aim at creating and mass-producing furniture on the basis of a division of labor and with recourse to methods that did not entail reliance on the manual skills of artisans.
Maruni's vision is to continue creating wood furniture recognized as the “Global Standard”, 100 or more years into the future. Maruni has successfully gained international presence with their powerful designs series; Hiroshima, created by Naoto Fukasawa. The Hiroshima chair edged out other star names to land spots in the US 5 Billion Apple Park.