Scout's angled base plays on the similarly shaped chair from Karimoku New Standard, both fashioned in sustainably sourced Japanese oak. German designer Christian Haas' compact bistro table comes in 3 heights—standard, for dining; bar, for pairing with high stools; and low, for use as a sofa table or to complement lounge seating. Scout is an elegantly simple but hardwearing choice for high-traffic areas, with the tabletop attached to the center post with a sturdy steel fixture. And the bar-height version even has 4 underneath hooks for hanging bags, making it an especially apt option for cafes, hotels and public spaces.
- Bar: 39.5" h x 27.5" dia (100x70cm)
- Standard: 27.6" h x 27.6" dia (70x70cm)
- Low: 19.7" h x 27.6" dia (50x70cm)
Solid oak, steel, oak wood
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.