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German-born designer Christian Haas attaches the tabletop’s modular legs individually so they are easily detachable for flat-pack transportation. A similar, environmentally prescient point of view imbues Japanese heritage brand Karimoku New Standard, who manufacture the table and companion chair in their pristine factories just east of Nagoya. With the aim of preserving and revitalizing the country’s forests, eco-conscious production dictates the selection of hardwood from long underused low-diameter tress. Furthering the sense of timeless longevity is Karimoku’s painstaking craftsmanship and the piece's matte natural finish in solid Japanese oak wood. Christian's similar care for craft continue to be honed in he adopted home now of Porto, Portugal.
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.