Karimoku offers a subtle take on a padded seat with this armchair from its Castor series. Upholstered with a durable fabric in the same color as the chair’s frame, the generously sized Plus offers even more expansive comfort than the original, smaller-scale Castor. Crafted in sturdy Japanese oak and plywood and sustainably produced, the seating comes in a choice or natural, gray or black transparent finish to emphasize the tactile beauty of the woodgrain.
- 31.75" h x 21.75" w x 21.25" d (80.4x55.4x54cm)
- Seat height: 18.5" (47cm)
Fabric upholstery, oak, plywood
Karimoku New Standard
It has always been about the wood. Shohei Kato opened a small woodworking shop in 1940 from a longstanding timber firm he acquired in Kariya. The first letters of the town name combined with “moku,” as in “mokuzai” ( “wood”) provided the brand name. Furniture followed within 2 decades, along with several brands under the Karimoku umbrella. Then in 2009, with his grandson Hiroshi Kato as vice president, the Karimoku New Standard branch launched to develop works with international designers in the modern design arena.
The star roster includes Swedish studio TAF, the Swiss team Big-Game and Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings. Among them is David Glaettli, who also serves as KNS brand creative director and dubbed its credo as “high-tech and high-touch.” The highly skilled Japanese carpentry and hand-applied painting that are a part of the parent company heritage are integral to KNS. It also looks forward, revitalizing native forests by targeting undervalued, sustainably grown hardwoods. Advanced technologies have elevated the low-diameter chestnut, maple and oak trees, once turned into wood chips for paper pulp, into something of lasting beauty. The aim, notes Hiroshi, is “furniture that will be used and loved for more than 100 years.”