Creation of Comfortable Spaces That Everyone Can Enjoy.


KOTOBUKI has been creating valued chairs for over a century since our establishment in 1914.
Looking back on the Company's footprint, our future direction becomes apparent.

  • 1914
  • 1916
  • 1925
  • 1934
  • 1936
  • 1958
  • 1960
  • 1965
  • 1968
  • 1970
  • 1979
  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1992
  • 2006
  • 2011


1914The ‘Kotobuki Shouten’ store is found in the Yurakucho district of Tokyo.
1916The Kotobuki Trading House is established as a corporate enterprise.
1925Revolutionary ‘connected seating’ are installed at the Tokyo Imperial University’s Yasuda Auditorium
1947The business becomes incorporated as Kotobuki Trading Co., Ltd. and simultaneously the Kotobuki Light Industry Co., Ltd (Sakai Factory) is also established.
1956Research is initiated into the mass-production of Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) products.
1958Moveable spectator seating (roll back stand) is developed.
1960FRP chairs designed by Sori Yanagi are displayed at the 12th Triennale di Milano.
1965The ‘Kotobuki Chair ’65’ exhibition is held
1970The ‘Tower of the Sun’ by the artist, Taro Okamoto, is constructed as the symbol of Japan’s first international exposition. Kotobuki is commissioned to produce the face on the tower made of FRP.
1973The Kotobuki Trading Co., Ltd. and Kotobuki Light Industry Co., Ltd merge to become the Kotobuki Co., Ltd.
1979410 capsule beds are delivered to the world’s first capsule hotel the Capsule-Inn’ Osaka.
1987Interkal, LLC. (USA) merges with the Kotobuki Group.
1993Audience Systems Ltd. (UK) merges with the Kotobuki Group.
2000Town Art Co., Ltd. is established after separated from Kotobiki Seating.
2001KSS Co., Ltd., is established to provide specialist after-sales service.
2004Head office moves from Yurakucho to Kanda Surugadai.Kotobuki Sea Co., Ltd. is established in Vietnam, expanding its business focusing on South-east Asia.
2005Taiwan Kotobuki Corporation is established in Taiwan.
2006The Kotobuki 60 Series goes on sale (ends in 2010)
KOTOBUKI KOREA CO.,LTD. is established in Korea.
2010Kotobuki Holding Co., Ltd. is established with Kotobuki Seating Co., Ltd. as a subsidiary.
2011New adjustable theatre seating ‘Premium RSC’ is developed.
2013Kotobuki Seating APAC Pte. Ltd. is established in Singapore.
2014The company celebrates its centenary anniversary.The new Showroom is opened in the head office.QUINETTE GALLAY RENAISSANCE (France) merges with the Kotobuki Seating Group.
2016 Ferco Seating Systems (M) Sdn Bhd. merges with the Kotobuki Seating Group.