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Design History


New Design Trends Accompanying
Arrival of Packaged Air Conditioner

In the 1950s, the United States becomes the center of the world in a variety of aspects including the economy, industry, and culture.

In the world of design, the United States also led the new tide of the post-war period. As if liberated from the concept promoted by German Bauhaus, which valued function and emphasized rationality, designs that unreservedly used curves flourished mainly in the U.S. These movements evolved into the Mid-century Modern style of design for furniture and interior design.

Simple and neat without any useless decoration and yet, organic and warm with round and smooth curves--this style characterized by the use of unconventional materials such as plastic was unusual and felt futuristic at the time. Common materials such as wood, glass, and metal were also used for creative expression.


Responding to such new trends of the time, Daikin Industries developed Japan's first packaged air conditioner, the "Mifujirator," in 1951. The product revolutionized conventional wisdom for air conditioning equipment which required a high-level of expertise and skill for design, installation, and operation. Compressors, condensers, and fans were automatically controlled enabling equipment to start with one push of a button. This convenience contributed to the success of the air conditioner and established the foundation for Daikin air conditioners.

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