CASTOR is an essential furniture range designed for Japanese company Karimoku New Standard.
All pieces are made from Japanese oak which is gained from low-diameter trees that have previously remained significantly underused, ending up mostly as wood chips for paper pulp.
The CASTOR chair’s ergonomics derive from classic chairs found in traditional Swiss cafés. It makes it a light, compact and comfortable seat. The low chair offers a wide seat and backrest that make it a versatile lounge chair.
The shelf and bench make reference to traditional Japanese furniture typology. The tables are compact as we wanted them to fit into various sized interiors, as well as cafés and restaurants. The rectangle is twice the size of the square, so it’s easy to assemble them in various configurations.
The CASTOR series is designed both for domestic and commercial spaces, the chairs and stools are stackable while the tables are flat packed for transport.
The transparent color finishing accentuates the texture of the sturdy Japanese oak.
Karimoku’s tradition derives from a deep understanding of craftsmanship, bound together with innovative technologies to build furniture that meets the highest requirements of quality and sustainability. The company’s motto is: a piece of furniture has to live at least as long as the tree it comes from.
The CASTOR chair has received the iF design award in 2013.