Be prepared for unexpected comfort in the atypical proportions of this Japanese oak chair. Challenging archetypes that have come before, the Scout has a particularly wide and curved backrest that offers all the ease of an armchair—without the arms. German-born designer Christian Haas parries expectations in other ways as well—a result, perhaps, as a ceramics and glassware expert now living in Porto, Portugal and bringing an outsider view to furniture. Christian pulls off his vision in collaboration with Japanese heritage brand Karimoku New Standard, who can achieve the innovative structure and unique proportions through a synthesis of computer-driven cutting techniques and painstaking hand-craftsmanship, completely rendered with a refined matte finish, in KNS's Japanese factories.
30" h x 22.75" w x 18.25" d (76.5x57.5x46.5cm)
Seat: 18" h (46cm)
Sustainably-sourced Japanese oak
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.