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Karimoku New Standard by Isolation Unit and others

Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara of Isolation Unit has art-directed a collection of furniture by designers including Big-Game and Sylvain Willenz for traditional Japanese furniture makers Karimoku.

Top image: Homerun by Sylvain Willenz
Above: Torii by Karimoku Design

Called Karimoku New Standard, the range is made of waste wood produced by thinning trees in Japanese forestry.

Above: Halfway by Teruhiro Yanagihara

The collection will be presented at 100% Design Tokyo, which opens this Friday, 30 October.

Above: Colour Wood by Scholten Baijings

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Above: Pile bu Teruhiro Yanagihara

Photographs are by Takumi Ota.

Above: Rin by Karimoku Design

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Karimoku, the old established japanese furniture manufacurer, has teamed up with the young design studio ISOLATION UNIT/ TERUHIRO YANAGIHARA to launch a collection of products, that represents a new approach to furniture design in Japan.

Above: Stools by Teruhiro Yanagihara

Young international talents, such as Scholten&Baijings (Netherlands) Sylvain Willenz (Belgium) and Big-Game (Switzerland/Belgium) where invited to link their design talent with the woodworking tradition and know-how of Karimoku to create furniture, that is thoroughly contemporary and strictly sustainable: With the aim to promote the maintenance and conservation of forests and in the long term increase biodiversity, wood gained from the thinning of japanese forests, a common waste product of forestry, was used for all products.

Above: Nook by Teruhuro Yanagihara


Kariya Mokusai took its first steps as a woodworking shop in 1940 in Kariya in the suburbs of Nagoya. By 1972 Karimoku had grown into Japan’s No. 1 wooden furniture maker in terms of domestic sales. The Karimoku Brand is highly regarded among consumers in Japan to the extent that ‘Karimoku’ has become synonymous with comfort, quality and reliability: True to the credo of, ‘If using a 100-year old tree, create furniture worthy of its age’

Above: Signs by Big-Game


Teruhiro Yanagihara was born in 1976 in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. In 1999, he established ISOLATION UNIT/ in Osaka. Since then, he has been working in the fields of space design and product development and art direction for national and international clients.

Exhibition at 100% Design Tokyo 30 oct - 3 nov 2009 : booth 100-DE-11

Art direction:

ISOLATION UNIT/ Teruhiro Yanagihara
Sylvain Willenz
Karimoku Design Team

Takumi Ota

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