ISSUE 43  |  Lessons from Japan

Geometric Japanese Furniture with Sustainability in Mind

October 30, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Japanese company Karimoku has been producing furniture in the Aichi Prefecture for the past 70 years. In 2009, in reaction to the loss of Japanese forests in central Japan, Karimoku launched the New Standard Collection. The line of furniture is made from hardwood harvested from low-diameter trees, an underutilized set of trees that are most often used for wasteful paper pulp.

Working with this type of hardwood calls for an inventive design strategy: Designers at Karimoku use Japanese joinery to refit the wood into new forms, and they aren’t shy when it comes to washes of pastel color. The collection is available online and at ABC Carpet & Home in NYC.

Above: The Cocktail Table, made from individual pieces of chestnut, is shaped like a barrel with a polygon top; shown here in pink. Available in natural for $995 at ABC Home and in pink at Scholten & Baijings.

Above: Two natural cocktail tables in differing widths and heights.

Above: The Three-Row Shelving Unit was inspired by wood shipping pallets. The shelf has nine separate rows of storage and can be used as a console or a sideboard when set on the floor or as a bookshelf attached to the wall; $1,595.

Above: The Karimoku New Standard Dining Table, like the cocktail table, is made from separate pieces of wood using Japanese joinery technique. The table is currently on sale for $2,335.50.

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