For every one of the million of products we use to improve the quality of our lives, there are associated
environmental, ethical and social consequences. While some products have a small environmental bearing,
others consume finite resources in vast quantities and are produced under conditions of labor abuse and
environmental damage. As mature consumer societies are increasingly dominated by (physical) abundance;
by saturation; by experiences; by virtual worlds; by individualism; by feelings of guilt and concern about the
side-effects of unbridled consumption, status is to be had in many more ways than leading a somewhat dated
lifestyle centered on hoarding as many branded luxury goods as possible. Mater - latin for mother - is a Danish
design brand and recognized and applauded as global pioneer in creating sustainable, eco-conscious, socially
Karimoku New Standard
We are Karimoku, manufacturer of wood furniture from central Japan with history of more than 70 years.
Our tradition derives of a deep understanding of carpentry craftsmanship combined with cutting-edge technologies to build furniture of the highest possible quality.
Collaborating with some of the most promising international design talents, we launched KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD in 2009, a growing collection of innovative, joyful and functional objects that suit the ways of urban living in the 21st century.
Aiming to preserve and revitalize Japanese forests and resume a balance with local forest industry, our products are made using sustainable sourced Japanese hardwoods,such as maple, chestnut and oak-low-diameter trees that are often discarded or ending up as paper pulp.
KARIMOKU NEW STANDARD pieces are made to bring lasting joy, true to the credo that a piece of furniture should last at least as long as the tree it was made from.