Brera Design District is a project of Studiolabo and it's a part of the Milano Design Network



The Japanese brand presents new pieces in a Brera apartment.

KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD takes over an apartment in the Brera district to present prototypes of the latest pieces. We introduce designer Christian Haas and show his exceptional chair and table SCOUT, together with BIG-GAME’ s new CASTOR Sofa and Armchair.

In addition to the furniture, the exhibition circles around the story and the making of KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD. Through personal photographs and a short movie by Japanese photographer Norio Kidera we trace back Karimoku New Standard to its origins and document its story and process: from the hardwood forests in the north of Japan that provide the source material for Karimoku New Standard, the people that grow and maintain these forests over generations and the sawmills that process the trees, to the large Karimoku factories in Aichi prefecture, where the timber is crafted in countless working steps, through high-tech machines and the hands of skilled craftsmen, into impeccable pieces of furniture.

We look forward to welcoming you to this special exhibition, midway between the intimacy of a home and a public exhibition.


Opening during Fuorisalone:

Karimoku Furniture Inc.

The history of Karimoku, Japan's leading manufacturer of wooden furniture, started as a small woodworking shop in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture in 1940 by Shohei Kato took over a timber company that already existed in Edo Period. Wood processing, surface treatment and colouring technologies had been accumulated through the subcontracting of various wooden parts in the mid-1900's: yarn spinning machines that supported Japan's postwar reconstruction in the 40's; sewing machine tables, piano parts and TV stands with wooden legs in the 50's; and the company's long sought after original furniture for the domestic market in the early 60's. Since then, Karimoku has focused on the pursuit of its original concept of "high-tech and high-touch" products by establishing bases in timber production areas. Karimoku has a large and reliable supply of materials and large-scale advanced facilities that display craftmen's techniques to the greatest possible extend. Furthermore, the company also put in place a nationwide system for wholesale and after-sale product care services. Thus, Karimoku has developed a unique and unparalleled system spanning the procurement of materials, production and sales within one company. Karimoku also aims to contribute to improving people's lives by meeting challenges presented by environmental issues. This is evidenced in Karimoku's over 30-year history in the reforming and utilization of "parawood", a product derived from rubber trees after its use in latex production. The Karimoku Group includes 4 material factories, 5 manufacturing companies with 7 factories, 23 showrooms and 3 outlet stores (as of April 2015).

c/o Liverani/Molteni Architetti
Via Palermo 1, 20121 Milano

17:00 > 19:00 Party by invitation
Brera Real Estate