Fumio Takashima

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Fumio Takashima, Francfranc CEO.

Fumio Takashima (髙島 郁夫 Takashima Fumio born May 20, 1956) is a Japanese entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Francfranc Corporation[1] (previously named Bals Corporation[2]).

He likes contemporary art and often collaborates with magazines.

Work aside, he is a triathlete and enjoy surfing.

Early years[edit]

Fumio was born in Fukui Prefecture, Japan in 1956. He went to college and graduated from Kansai University.

His mother was housewife and his father was working in the banking industry.

His mother's parents were running a business and he remembers helping them when he was a kid.[3]

He spent his youth observing how businesses were run.


Fumio started his career as a furniture sales manager in Maruichi selling company (マルイチセーリング). He particularly devoted his time to understanding people needs.

In 1990, he established BALS Corporation in Tokyo (to be renamed Francfranc Corporation in 2017).

In 1992, Francfranc brand name was born and the first shop opened in Higashi-Shinagawa, Tokyo. Fumio's vision was to bring colour, sense and fun into people lives.

In 2003, the first store outside Japan was opened (Hong Kong, Causeway bay).

In 2017, Francfranc hit a milestone and became a 25 years old brand.

In 2018, Fumio imaginated a new brand called Masterrecipe. The concept? To use traditional craft technique to create modern design for furniture and decorative objects.

Up to this day, Fumio Takashima remains the CEO of Francfranc Corporation.

Financial times in 2006 said " Fumio Takashima may soon be Japan’s equivalent of the UK’s Sir Terence Conran "[4].

Other works and achievements[edit]

Published books

2008: Thinking while managing Francfranc (original title: フランフランを経営しながら考えたこと―Francfrancからデザインビジネスの可能性を拡げるバルスの戦略).

2009: The unbreakable management (original title: ぶれない経営―ブランドを育てた8人のトップが語る - Collaborative work).

2010: No result without passion (original title: 遊ばない社員はいらない).

Since 2010: Collaboration with Goethe lifestyle magazine


2013 : Ironman Triathlon Melbourne finisher.

Ironman 70.3 Triathlon: Auckland, San Diego, Nagoya, Singapore, Taiwan.

Ironman 51.5 Triathlon: participated in a lot of races


2006: Fumio Takashima and Hervé Gambs (French designer) collaborated on artificial flowers collection and custom furniture for Bals Tokyo and Francfranc stores.[5]

2014: Fumio and Tyler Brûlé collaboration between Francfranc and Monocle brand.[6]

2015: Fumio and Nika Zupanc (Italian designer) collaborated for design furniture.[7]


  1. Japantime.co.jp. June 2009.[1]
  2. Bloomberg. Profile of Bals Corporation CEO - Fumio Takashima[2]
  3. Japantime.co.jp. Article about Tyler Brûlé and his products present in Francfranc Stores.[6]
  4. hervegambs.fr. " 2006 “Exclusive” collection for Francfranc Japan". [5]
  5. nikazupanc.com/francfranc. Collaboration for Francfranc.[7]
  6. Financial times (www.ft.com). "Fumio Takashima may soon be Japan’s equivalent of the UK’s Sir Terence Conran" [4]
  1. ^ a b Fukada, Takahiro (2009-06-09). "Going beyond furniture to lure in all and sundry". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  2. ^ a b Fumio, Takashima. "Bloomberg - Profile of Bals Corporation CEO".
  3. ^ https://www.kenja.tv/president/detbm2zb.html
  4. ^ a b Michiyo, Nakamoto. "'There aren't that many interior shops that I like'". Financial times.
  5. ^ a b "designer - HERVE GAMBS - La Branche d'olivier Sarl". www.hervegambs.fr. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  6. ^ a b Barron, Sandra (2010-05-27). "The long-range vision of Monocle". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  7. ^ a b Collaborative work. "Nika Zupanc for Francfranc".