DESIGN

Karimoku Case Study Presents it’s First Collection Created by Norm Architects

During 3daysofdesign, a few weeks ago, multiple new brands were launched – and I want to share a few of them with you over the next couple of days. 3daysofdesign is the annual design festival in Copenhagen, where most showrooms, stores, embassies show of the best of Danish design to the public, it truly is such a unique possibility to see what’s normally behind closed doors.

First up, is new contemporary lifestyle brand, Karimoku Case Study, who had created an amazing exhibition at the Kinfolk Gallery in downtown Copenhagen – The brand’s first furniture collection are created by Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa.

Located right above Copenhagen’s busiest street, Strøget, the apartment exhibition was a tactile sanctuary, composed of natural materials, earthy tones and references found between the artworks of the co-exhibitors and the furniture pieces. It really was such a cool space, in fact, I had to come back after my initial visit, just to take it all in properly.

The new collection fits perfectly in with the new direction Scandinavian design is moving these days. Lately, and I bet a lot in the future, Scandi designers have been looking toward Japan for inspiration – a style we call Japandi style, which in short, is all about simplicity, minimalism, neutral palettes, functionality and proper materials.

If you want to know more about Japandi stule, I hightly recommend Italianbark’s post.

***Photography by Allan Torp

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    David Storey
    July 4, 2019 at 06:28

    Who makes the natural fibre wall hangings like on the last pic? They’re pretty cool.

    Japandi is a weird sounding name, but I love the concept. Scandinavian minimalism and Japan’s focus on natural materials and wabi sabi have long been my two favourite styles (I used to live in Norway for 6 years). I feel a number of Finnish designs already feel like a cross over (although Finland is counted as Scandinavia in England, but not in Norway, where it is just Nordic I guess). Some of the knife styles, the famous lapland carved wood mugs, and the Sarpaneva casserole come to mind.

    While I love Nordic design, I feel sometimes like it can feel a little cold (not comfy) and too perfect, in that if something gets scratched or scuffed it will ruin the design, while the Japanese focus on natural materials and forms means I suspect they’ll wear better. The other thing I love about some of the traditional Japanese designs is how they focus so much on every day things, like copper scissors made by craftsmen for generations of the family, sweeping brushes made of natural materials, etc. I can spend hours looking at the Analogue Life web store.

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