After a standout chair, stool and bench, it seems only fitting that Karimoku New Standard has added the impressive Castor Table to the series. At its essence, the collection revels in a marked simplicity with a design scheme of slender supporting legs inset in each piece. The table comes in two sizes, the rectangle a doubling of the square-and can be combined to any desired configuration with the legs flush, framing the inset rounded-edge tabletop. Light and compact, there is no extraneous detail to detract from the superb Japanese oak. By Swiss design firm Big-Game, one of Karimoku New Standard's prime collaborative partners in their newly-minted quest to engage exciting new international talent as well as to promote responsible craftsmanship with their ongoing efforts to preserve and revitalize Japanese hardwood forests at home.
Large: 29.25" h x 59" l x 29.5" w (74x150x75cm)
Small: 29.25" h x 29.5" l x 29.5" w (74x75x75cm)
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.