Light, compact and calibrated for comfort, the low seat and wide backrest of Karimoku New Standard's signature Castor Chair extends an open invitation to relax. A respect for classic design and innovative craftsmanship are shared values between the Japanese heritage brand and the Swiss design trio behind the Castor Collection, Big-Game. Eco-conscious production dictates the selection of hardwood from long underused low-diameter tress to preserve and revitalize Japanese forests. A transparent finish accentuates the texture of the sturdy oak wood in a range of shades.
27.25" h x 24.75" w x 24.25" d (69x63x61.5cm)
Seat: 15.25" h x 18.5" d (39x47cm)
Karimoku New Standard
A traditional Japanese maker of wood furniture for 70-odd years, Karimoku turned an exciting new page when it relaunched in 2009 with an international roster of contributing designers as Karimoku New Standard. The reboot was twofold—to create modern pieces using its heritage of Japanese craftsmanship techniques and to revitalize native forests by targeting significantly undervalued hardwoods. That precious resource, from low-diameter chestnut, maple and oak trees, had previously ended up mostly as wood chips for paper pulp.
Meanwhile, the design world was gobsmacked by the company’s splendidly functional, often joyously colored furnishings emanating from its collaborating partners. From European, Scandinavian and Japanese creative talents, they include Swedish studio TAF, the Swiss team Big-Game and cult Dutch design duo Scholten & Baijings. The revived Karimoku concept, termed “high-tech and high-touch” by brand creative director David Glaettli, melds the latest technology with unstinting hand-finishing for a truly collectable array of refreshingly unique standouts.