Quality lifestyles from quality spaces
inter.office was launched in 1983 with the aim of improving Japan’s office spaces. At that time, in spite of Japan’s economy having surpassed those of Western countries, office spaces in Japan fell short of Western standards.
Given this situation, inter.office’s founder began considering how to introduce outstanding office furniture to Japan and contribute to raising the quality of Japan’s office spaces.
Thirty years have now passed since the company's founding, and the office spaces we now find ourselves in, and the things we place value on in regard to them, have palpably changed.
Today, inter.office’s main business is the high quality European-made office furniture that it has imported and sold since its founding, and it is further expanding its business into architectural design for offices and public spaces, educational facilities and private homes, as well as interior design and facility management.
Interior design, in particular, is not just about proposing high-quality furniture. It is also about understanding the thinking behind the design and proposing a space commensurate with that high quality. In recent years the company has put special effort into this aspect of its service.
Furthermore, inter.office has started i+, the company's own brand designed to cover the gap left by overseas products that don't entirely fit the Japanese work environment and the Japanese way of doing things.
inter.office has also established Knoll Japan Inc., bringing to the Japanese market the historical “Knoll” furniture brand typified by the Barcelona chair.
We at inter.office believe that a well-designed office nurtures creativity, and that rich functionality gives rise to work efficiency, which contributes to greater productivity. For this reason, we provide total solutions, from furniture to space layout.
|Company name||inter office ltd.|
|Directors||Chairman, CEO Takayuki Harada
President, COO Naoki Terada
Director, General Manager of Sales Division Masanori Iwashita
Director, General Manager of Sales Division Katsuhiro Takeda
Director, General Manager of Administration Division Eizaburo Tonoshima
Auditor Komatsugu Haneji
|Licenses||□1st class architect
License No. Tokyo 47112
License No. Tokyo 109992 (Designated-25)
Types of construction: Carpentry, tile, interior finishing
|Banks of account||The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Gotanda Branch
Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Gotanda Branch
The Shoko Chukin Bank, Shibuya Branch
AddressHead Office/Live Office/Showroom
Head Office/Live Office/Showroom
Lattice Aoyama Square 6F, 1-2-6 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062
Tel.03-5771-7635 (main line) Fax.03-5771-7637
2F Hakko Shinsaibashi AIR Bldg., 1-19-1 Kita-Horie, Nishi-ku, Osaka 550-0014
Tel. 06-6532-7001 Fax. 06-6532-7002
Goka Merchandise Center
7425 Motokurihashi, Gokamachi, Sashima-gun, Ibaraki 306-0313
|1975||Established design consulting firm Design T (name later changed to Alphax) in Tokyo.|
|1983||Started office furniture business with the founding of Haller Japan Inc.,|
which focused on importing Haller System from USM U. Schärer Söhne AG,a high-end office furniture maker in Switzerland.
|1986||Concluded an exclusive trading agreement with Vitra International AG (Switzerland), a company renowned for its quality and creative furniture. Through this contract agreement, we were able to greatly expand our imported furniture and accessories selection, including office chairs.|
|1987||Received the Good Design Special Award for Foreign Product from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. (Won the award seven times for 10 years until 1996)|
|1990||Opened a showroom in Tokyo.|
|1992||Opened 500m2 showroom in the Tokyo Design Center.|
|1993||Changed company name from Haller Japan Inc. to inter office ltd., and moved main office to Tokyo Design Center. Hosted Student Competition for Future Office Design to support office designs of design students. (Four years beginning in 1993)|
|1994||Opened Osaka branch and a showroom in ATC Design Center.|
|1995||Concluded retail sales agreement with Wittmann AG (Austria). Opened 200m2 Wittmann showroom in the Tokyo Design Center.|
|1997||Concluded an exclusive trading agreement with ClassiCon Gnb H (Germany), a company recognized for its design and quality. Started carrying the Eileen Gray lines.|
Moved Osaka branch and showroom to Okazaki Bldg.
|2000||Concluded retail sales agreement with Cappellini S.p.A., one of the top furniture companies in Italy. Began carrying all the products from its home furnishing line. Opened "hhstyle.com" retail store in Harajuku (Tokyo) and started an online e-commerce shop, entering the retail business.|
|2002||Opened Nagoya branch and showroom.|
|2004||Opened hhstyle.com Aoyama retail store (Tokyo).|
|2005||Opened hhstyle.com/casa retail store in Harajuku (Tokyo).|
Opened hhstyle.com Minami-Horie retail store (Osaka).
Opened Live Office in addition to the showroom in the Tokyo Design Center.
Became the first retailer in Japan to carry the Armani Group's home collection, ARMANI CASA.
Concluded an exclusive trading agreement with Boffi S.p.A., one of the top kitchen and bath furniture makers in Italy.
|2006||Moved Osaka branch and showroom to Kita-Horie. (Integrated Nagoya branch office into Osaka branch office.)|
|2010||Moved head office to Minami-Aoyama (Tokyo).|
|2011||Opened hhstyle.com JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan retail store.|
Expanded hhstyle.com Aoyama retail store from 319.08m2 to 504.43m2.
|2016||Transferred Retail Division (hhstyle.com) to hhstyle ltd.|
Strategy for genuine design
Throughout our long history of importing top-quality office furniture for the Japanese market,
our constant desire has been to seek out and acquire the best available examples of what we consider “genuine design.” That's why we import so many Good Design Special Award-winning office furniture pieces. Additionally, we actively sponsor design exhibitions and hold numerous competitions for young designers.
It is through these types of activities that we discover top-quality designs, help establish new and exciting designers, and nurture strong design sense throughout society.
*1993-1996 Student Competition for Future Office Design: Hosted by inter office ltd.
*2002.04 LUIS BARRAGAN THE QUIET REVOLUTION: Assisted by inter office ltd.
*2002.10 Jean Prouvé Charles & Ray Eames Constructive Furniture Exhibition: Hosted by inter office ltd.
*2008.02 ART IS FOR THE SPIRIT: Works from The UBS Art Collection: Assisted by inter office ltd.
*2016.0 1 Foster + Partners: Architecture, Urbanism, Innovation: Assisted by inter office ltd.
We believe that environmental friendliness is a part of design and quality.
inter office ltd. only selects furniture that passes stringent European and American environmental regulations.
As opposed to the Japanese Act on Promoting Green Purchasing, which focuses on promoting use of recycled plastic, these regulations require sustainability and long-term reduction of environmental impact.
Information management and protecting your privacy
inter office ltd. sees the workplace as an embodiment of the management strategy itself. As such, we take utmost care when handling important information such as name lists and office floor plans.
Main Client List
IHI Infrastructure Systems
Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings
Red Bull Japan
Johnson & Johnson
Shionogi & Company
Jaguar Land Rover Japan
Volkswagen Group Japan
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus
Dai Nippon Printing
Bandai Namco Holdings
Culture Convenience Club
Canon Marketing Japan
Development Bank of Japan
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank
Jones Lang LaSalle
Japan Airport Terminal
GMO Internet Group
- Future Architect
Kansai Electric Power
Tokyo Electric Power
Walt Disney Japan
Nippon Design Center
Kyoritsu Women's University
Jissen Women's University
Tama Art University
Tokyo University of the Arts
Tokyo Keizai University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
University of Tokyo
Tokyo City University
Tokyo University of Science
Nagoya University of
Commerce & Business
Musashino Art University
Deutsche Industrie- und
Handelskammer in Japan
Swiss Chamber of
Commerce and Industry in Japan
Tokyo International Airport
Narita International Airport
Suntory Museum of Art
Company name (no particular order)