MAS is not a conifer wood furniture collection, but a collection that considers how conifer wood can be used for furniture.
Coniferous trees are relatively softer and lighter than broad-leaved trees. Furniture making requires robustness, so these trees are generally considered unsuitable for furniture material. However, MAS over comes this barrier with Karimoku’s technology and structure. MAS, which skillfully draws out the features of the material, is the fruits of the blessings of Japanese forests and modern creativity.
Vinyl basket by Shigeki Fujishiro | Basket selection and set up with Jody Wong | Photo by Tomooki Kengaku
If I express the character of the knitted fabric with one word is “Friendly”. Like a knit sweater, gently wraps the body provide you the friendliness, and the elasticity that follows the curve of the body posture.
Since it is a knit fabric that feels familiar not only in appearance but also in function, I think that it is possible to make a difference from other fabrics, by designing for contact with the body rather than a design that stands alone. Wooden parts made by Shigeto Minaki |Upholstering by Yuta Kuwabara .
BAUM is a skin and mind care brand based on the concept of coexistence with nature, valued by Japanese people for centuries, the brand aims to realize a sustainable society that fully embraces the blessings of trees and preserves them for the future. The wooden parts provided from furniture manufacturing left-over material of Karimoku. www.baumjapan.com
A foldable bench designed for the ‘Social Seating’ exhibition curated by Jasper Morrison at the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale in Finland. This prototype, made by Nikari, is constructed from Finnish pine with brass hinges. Its handle and hinged structure allow it to be easily carried to new landscapes.
A 72-page notebook with gridded paper produced by Kikkerland, and available in two colours. The notebook draws reference from its surroundings. Its proportions are informed by the space often found between a keyboard and the edge of a table.
Leather slippers and room shoes produced by Ninomiya Goro Shoten, a manufacturer of leather bags and accessories, as part of the Sumida Contemporary project. They were designed with the intent of creating indoor footwear that is well-made, long-lasting, and will age well – in contrast with many commonly available slippers.
A stool designed in three sizes – single, double, and long. Designed with Jasper Morrison in 2017 for the 10th anniversary of More Trees, a forestry conservation organisation who produce it in Higashi-Shirakawa in Gifu, Japan. Stool is made from hinoki, grown in one of the More Trees Forests, which is used for its strength and scent.
A chair and ottoman formed from linen or leather seats given structure by ash or oak frames. Designed with Jasper Morrison and produced by Nikari in Fiskars, Finland. They were designed in 2012 when Nikari launched a piece of furniture each month for a year, and in 2016 were followed by a lounge variant with arms. While initially intended to be a chair that could be assembled at home, it is now available pre-assembled.