Ichibei Iwata founds a futon shop pn Sanjo Street in Kyoto, Japan, when futons were common only among the wealthy.
The company begins to supply cushions to the three major tea houses of Japan, all descended from the tea masuter Rikyu.
IWATA Inc., a manufacturer specialising in down bedding, is founded, and our products trigger a down bedding boom in Japan.
We developed down bedding that can be washed and line-dried.
We introduce functional bedding using the long hair of camel and muskox.
We begin our own professional certification program, ‘Certified Sleep Environmental Advisor.’
We are certified ISO9001, the most recognized international standard for quality management and assurance.
We earn the Eco-Tex Standard 100, an international safety standard for textile products.
Our mattress LARKOWL receives the Good Design Award.
We open a custom-bedding shop and showroom in Kyoto.
We open a new showroom in the Ginza district of Tokyo.
We participate in the Maison & Objet International Trade Show in Paris.
The Ginza showroom moves to the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. We open a new showroom in Nagoya and Kobe.