Panels & Furniture Asia Jan/Feb 2019

January / February 2019 • Issue 1 • PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA 34 FURNITURE MANUFACTURING Ever wondered how a collaborative design process takes place? Koji Yokoi, manager and architect at the General Control Department from Karimoku narrates the design journey through detailing some eventful moments during Karimoku and Norm Architects’ collaborative process. The team: three architects/designers from Norm Architects, three from Keiji’s office, and many designers from Karimoku. When a furniture company meets architects Entry #1, February 2018 We first met Norm Architects in February 2018 and quickly visited their studio in Copenhagen. Production and wholesale of wooden home furniture have been our main business for a long time so collaboration with architects is something quite new to Karimoku. Two years ago, we started collaborating with Keiji Ashizawa, one of the most promising Japanese architects of his generation. He was handling the town house project and invited NormArchitects and Karimoku to participate. Torafu Architects, famous for its playful and imaginative design approach, is the third team working in this project. Our very first collaboration happened back in 2009, when Karimoku New Standard was born with the concept to utilise Japanese hardwoods and to start collaborating with young talented international designers. The brand has since been showcased in Milan and Europe. The site of the townhouse project (All images are credited to Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen unless stated otherwise)