Designphil Inc.

History

1950

  • Midori Shokai Co., Ltd. established
    Production and sale of writing paper with the courier symbol and other paper products such as notebooks and sketchbooks begin

1952

  • Company begins taking orders for and producing business diaries
    (the cornerstone of the company's current business-orientated operations)

1963

  • Company name changed to Midori Co., Ltd.

1964

  • Nagareyama Factory established in Chiba prefecture

1968

  • Morizane Shigyo Co., Ltd. (name changed to MORIZANE Co.,Ltd. in 1983) becomes a group company*

1974

  • Osaka office established
  • New head office building established in Sumida ward, Tokyo

1977

  • Akai Mokuba retail store opens*

1982

  • Fukuoka office established

1987

  • Design of the current Midori logo created,
    based on the origins of the company's name

1991

  • I.T. Science Corporation established as a group company*
  • AXES Inc. established as a group company*

1992

  • Standex Division created*

1995

  • Standex Division expanded and renamed Corporate Sales Department
  • I.T. Science Corporation expanded and re-established as a new company, Symphonic Corporation*

1998

  • Toyo Seihou Co., Ltd. acquired and made a wholly owned subsidiary
    under the name KNOX Corporation*

1999

  • Group company AXES Inc. is merged with MORIZANE Co., Ltd. and T.S. Co., Ltd. to form a new wholly owned subsidiary, MDS Co., Ltd.

2000

  • KNOX Online Shop opens
  • Paper Creation, the precursor to the current MIDORI Online Store, opens
  • SHALA retail store opens*

2003

  • Subsidiary KNOX Corporation is merged into the parent company

2006

  • Head office relocated to Ebisu in Shibuya ward, Tokyo

2007

  • Company name changed to Designphil Inc.

2011

  • TRAVELER'S FACTORY retail store opens
    TRAVELER'S FACTORY Online Shop opens

2013

  • Designphil Holdings established as a pure holding company Transition to a holding company structure with MDS Co., Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary

2014

  • TRAVELER'S notebook separates from MIDORI and becomes a TRAVELER'S COMPANY brand,
    TRAVELER'S Division created
  • TOUCH & FLOW retail store opens

2017

  • TOUCH & FLOW Online Shop opens
  • PLOTTER created as a new brand
    PLOTTER Online Shop opens
  • Custom Made Letter service started.

2019

  • The establishment of Designphil America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary.
*denotes businesses or services that are no longer operating.