Published on : Monday, April 8, 2019
The Japanese design brand Karimoku New Standard (KNS) is going to celebrate its 10th anniversary at this year’s Milan Design Week with two exceptional exhibitions and a number of new releases by acclaimed designers from the KNS designer portfolio, including Christian Haas, BIG-GAME, Scholten & Baijings and GECKELER MICHELS as well as new aspiring design talents such as Moritz Schlatter and Dimitri Baehler.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary KNS exhibits at Salone del Mobile with the topic PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE. Moving beyond the conventional image of a wooden furniture maker, KNS is drawing on its experience and technology to explore new challenges across a range of genres. The presentation also provides a glimpse into the brand’s vision for the next 10 years.
In addition to the main exhibition at Rho Fiera, KNS will also welcome visitors to its temporary home in the Brera district. The beautiful apartment features a large garden, while a sunroom looks out onto the garden and kitchen. The space reflects the brand’s approach to creating exhibitions that feature everyday life by pairing furniture with food and art.
In addition to a fresh new brand identity, website and visual appearance, KNS debuts a number of new products and extends its existing portfolio to include lighting concepts, kitchens, outdoor as well as multifunctional office furniture.
POLAR CHAIR BY MORITZ SCHLATTER
The Polar Chair is a universal, compact and stackable chair with a distinct character, defined by the contrast between the soft shapes of the seat and the straight-edged legs. The gentle appearance, along with excellent stackability and seating comfort, make the chair a friendly and functional choice for domestic and public use. The chair is made from solid, sustainably sourced Japanese oak and comes in a range of colours, including a newly developed beige.
ELEPHANT SIDE TABLE BY CHRISTIAN HAAS
The Elephant Side Table is an addition to the Elephant series and adopts the same elaborate design language. The asymmetrical leg allows the table to be pulled over the seat with ease, allowing for convenient access. The table can also accommodate a laptop, making it an elegant and functional companion for living rooms, office spaces and lobbies.
PARABOLE LIGHT BY DIMITRI BAEHLER
The Parabole Light is KNS’s first attempt to develop a lamp. The lamp’s design challenges Karimoku’s mastery in wood processing in the form of thin materials and intricate milled patterns. Conceived as a wooden canvas, the design plays with the light and shadow that appear on the lamp‘s surface. The light source is standardised and reduced to a minimum, allowing the reflector to vary in size, while different textures and colours open up a wide range of possibilities and applications. The Parabole Light floats in space, producing a warm ambient light suitable for various environments.
CASTOR LOBBY SOFA BY BIG-GAME
The sofa, based on the design of the Castor Sofa, adds new functionality through its rectangular outline and armless design, which allow units to be combined to create larger formations. The simplified frame, slightly elevated seat height and firm upholstery make the sofa well suited to contract use in lobbies and offices. The sofa‘s robust oak frame is available in three standard colours, while the upholstery, including Kvadrat and Maharam, comes in leather or a choice of high-quality fabrics.