The technology of "molded plywood" was developed during the Second World War due to the limited supply of wood and other natural resources. In 1948, Isamu Saito established Saito Woodworking shop in the town of Kawane in the Shizuoka prefecture, and started production of joinery woodworking products, made-to-order furniture, and baseball bats. Due to the supply shortage, Isamu Saito learned to use plywood and MDF to create and manufacture various faux-wood products. In 1957, Saito Wood relocated its factor to Shizuoka City and started manufacturing various interior household goods with curves that are beautiful and strong yet light and pliable, unlike anything that could be made using solid wood. In the 1960’s, Saito Wood expand its sales to department stores in Japan, restaurants, and hotels.