With its visible framework, the Castor Sofa references Le Corbusier's iconic steel-wrapped seating. Yet, in a feat of exceptional woodworking, Karimoku New Standard's version is constructed from elaborately crafted and joined Japanese oak. The gracefully angled wood surrounds the sides and back of the sofa, looking as good from the back as from the front. Comfortably seating 2, the sofa's cushions are made from high-quality foam and natural feathers for complete comfort. The sofa is among the ongoing Castor series designed by the Swiss studio Big-Game and the Japanese heritage house, both acting on the philosophy that skilled craftsmanship emphasizing sustainably sourced hardwoods can result in furniture that should last at least as long as the tree it was made from.
29.5" h x 71" l x 34.75" w (75x180.5x88cm)
Japanese oak, upholstery, high-quality foam and natural feathers
Made in Japan
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.