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Furniture as a solution: a perfect marriage of Japanese aesthetics and functionality

Article - May 9, 2023

RF Yamakawa’s design concept provides premium products to enrich one’s daily life whether at the office or at home.

Employee motivation stems from many sources, with one being the space and surroundings of where they work. In that sense, office furniture can play an important role, which is why RF Yamakawa strives to create office furniture designed to inspire and motivate employees. Indeed, creating aesthetically pleasing, comfortable and functional furniture is all part of Yamakawa’s mission: to provide furniture as a solution.

“Our core competencies are design, cost performance and functionality,” says president Sho Kimura. “We believe that furniture is a solution for people. We want to make people’s working lives better.”

While in Japan, companies traditionally preferred cold and lifeless steel furniture, times have changed, and RF Yamakawa is catering to the demand for more aesthetically pleasing office furniture. The pandemic has also had an impact on the market, for which, in response, the company has developed innovative new products  such as its Moto antiviral desk and Lil series of home office desks designed for those with limited home space. “As new styles of working are becoming more and more familiar, we are investing in more innovative products,” adds Mr. Kimura.

While RF Yamakawa currently only offers its interior design accessories such as its umbrella stand and shoehorn internationally, Mr. Kimura has ambitions to someday bring the company’s full range of services and solutions to the U.S. and European markets. In Japan, not only does RF Yamakawa offer furniture and accessories, it also acts as a total solutions provider, incorporating complete office design and services such as electrical installation and renovation work.