The Castor Ottoman complements Karimoku New Standard's companion sofa and lounge chair, all conceived as a subtle reference to a minimalist classic. Strikingly, the visible steel framework of Le Corbusier's original design is reinterpreted as a graceful structure in attentively crafted Japanese oak. Created in collaboration with Swiss design firm Big-Game, the Castor series exemplifies KNS's aim to produce modernist furniture intended to last for generations, with sustainably sourced hardwoods and masterful technique, completely rendered in Japan.
15.25" h x 30.25" l x 19.25" w (39x77x49cm)
Sustainably-sourced Japanese oak, upholstery
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.