The IFDA (International Furniture Design Fair Asahikawa) has been held every three years since 1990. It is considered an important occasion for furniture makers in Asahikawa to exchange ideas with designers from Japan as well as from other parts of the world. The International Furniture Design Competition, the main event of the Fair, serves as an indicator of the future of wooden-furniture designs. It demonstrates the Japanese philosophy that furniture is essential in daily lives, while at the same time, should be well-designed. The winner this year is the Barca bench by Jacob Joergensen. This piece manifests, again, the power of craft in contemporary design.