BRAND STORY

BRAND CONCEPT
A new standard in Japanese furniture making
We are Karimoku, manufacturer of wood furniture from central Japan with history of more than 70 years.
Our tradition derives of a deep understanding of carpentry craftsmanship combined with cutting-edge technologies to build furniture of the highest possible quality.
Collaborating with some of the most promising international design talents, we launched KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD in 2009, a growing collection of innovative, joyful and functional objects that suit the ways of urban living in the 21st century.
Aiming to preserve and revitalize Japanese forests and resume a balance with local forest industry, our products are made using sustainably sourced Japanese hardwoods,such as maple, chestnut and oak-low-diameter trees that are often discarded or ending up as paper pulp.
KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD pieces are made to bring lasting joy, true to the credo that a piece of furniture should last at least as long as the tree it was made from.
BRAND HISTORY
2016 MAR As of March 2016, Karimoku New Standard is sold in about 127 dealers in 22 countries worldwide.
COLOUR WOOD tables won the "Hardwood Award" at the Wood Furniture Japan Awards 2016.
2015 DEC COLOUR WOOD tables receive the "Heartful Design Award" at the Japan Wood Design Awards 2015.
NOV SCOUT CHAIR won the "Best Buyer's Choice 2015" at the IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living fair in Tokyo.
OCT

KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD collaborates with design office TANK at the Daikanyama T-site Garden Gallery for an exhibition at the Tokyo Design Week 2015 .

APR Exhibtion with photographer Norio Kidera for Milan Design Week 2015 at a historical apartment in the Brera district.
JAN Exhibition at IMM Cologne 2015, first exhibition in Germany.
2014 SEP KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD office' presentation and 'Q&A' exhibition featuring BIG-GAME at Daily Press in Tokyo during Tokyo Design Week 2014.
Exhibition at BIENNALE INTERIEUR in Kortrijk, Belgium for the first time.
CASTOR CHAIR wins GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2014.
JUN CASTOR SERIES wins the Swiss Federal Design Award.
APR Milan Design Week 2014 presentation 'Kitchen Library 02' at JP HOME, collaborating with food designers Arabeschi di Latte.
JAN Exhibited at Maison&Objet in Paris for the second year in a row.
2013 OCT ‘MetropolisLikes’award by the Metropolis Magazine New York at WestEdge Design Fair, Los Angeles.
SEP Participation in the exhibition "The Dinner Party" by Scholten & Baijings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, during the London Design Festival.
Participation in the exhibition "Color Installation" by Scholten & Baijings at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Karimoku New Standard items by Scholten & Baijings are taken into the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
APR Exhibition at Rossana Orlandi and installation at Arabeschi di Latte Studio, Milan Design Week 2013.
MAR Appointment of the new creative director David Glaettli.
JAN Exhibition at MAISON&OBJET PARIS in Hall 8 now! design à vivre.
Participation in the exhibition by Scholten & Baijings on occasion of the Harrie Tillie Award nomination at Cuypershuis Roermond, NL.
2012 OCT Exhibition "Scenes" at EYE OF GYRE gallery in omotesando Tokyo JAPAN.
Castor Chair wins the iF product design award 2012.
MAY COLOUR WOOD, PILE, REN SIGNS and STOOLS are taken into the permanent design collection of F.N.A.C. (Fond National d'Art Contemporain), Paris
APR Presentation of the third collection with an exhibition at Erastudio Apartment Gallery, with the collaboration of Arabeschi Di Latte, Milan Design Week 2012.
Selected "Best of Salone 2012" by DOMUS magazine
2011 JUL TAF, Tomàs Alonso and Lucien Gumy join the Karimoku New Standard project.
JUN Exhibition "A Day", in collaboration with the photographer Shin Suzuki, by invitation of Lidewji Edelkoort at Trend Union, Paris.
MAY Participation in the solo-exhibition by Scholten & Baijings‘Blush; design in full colour’ at the Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch.
APR Presentation of the second collection with the exhibition "A Day", in collaboration with the photographer Shin Suzuki at Galleria Suzy Shammah as previous year, Milan Design Week 2011.
2010 NOV Exhibition at IHDD (International Home Décor & Design) Shanghai.
HOMERUN shown in the design trienniale ‘belgium is design’ at Musée du Grand-Hornu, Belgium, together with other works of Sylvain Willenz.
COLOUR WOOD, TORII and REN win the iF product design award 2011.
SEP Invitation Exhibition at the Seoul Design Fair.
Participation in a special exhibition promoting domestic wood consumption by the Japanese Ministry of Forestry.
COLOUR WOOD tables are nominated for the Dutch Design Award 2010.
APR Presentation of the first collection at Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan Design Week 2010.
JAN - Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010 ‘Best coat hanger of the year’ for SIGNS.
2009 OCT Exhibtion of the prototypes of the initial collection at 100% Design Tokyo 2009.
- 100% Design Tokyo 2009 Grand Award
- ELLE DECO Award
- NIKKEI DESIGN Award
JUL Designers Scholten & Baijings, BIG-GAME and Sylvain Willenz join the Karimoku New Standard project
JUN Project initiation by Karimoku Furniture Inc. and Creative Director Teruhiro Yanagihara.

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