When Copenhagen-based Norm Architects and Japan’s Keiji Ashizawa Design were charged with renovating two central Tokyo apartments, the results were flawless. It was a masterclass in minimalism, a pair of family homes that celebrated light and nature in a manner few inner-city dwellings ever achieve. And while we customarily expect to take nothing but inspiration from such a project, this one delivers more: a 12-piece furniture collection, to be precise.
Created for Japanese design house Karimoku, the Karimoku Case Study challenges architects to produce furniture that directly responds to their architecture. Just like those apartments, the furniture centres on a muted colour palette and leans heavily on nature for inspiration, with a rich use of oak and marble. The pared-back line of coffee tables, dining sets, sofas, lounge seating and shelving demonstrates the shared values between Japanese and Scandinavian design.
While the renovations may have provoked the collection, its timeless appeal and light form allow it to translate across a range of spaces – the sort of furniture that will complement New Zealand homes and fit in seamlessly with other interior styles.
Available now at Good Form, owners Dan and Emma Eagle were initially drawn to the Karimoku Case Study brand because it “looked amazing”. After further research, they recognised it also sat in line with their desire to curate pieces crafted from beautiful materials with a timeless essence. “It is furniture and design you can love for life and always be proud of.”