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Karimoku Case Study at The Kinfolk Gallery

6.05.2019

Denmark's annual design event 3daysofdesign took place in Copenhagen at the end of May and as always, the coverage has been prolific and inspiring. Great for those of us watching from afar, this year showcased some incredible launches, one of which was the new lifestyle brand Karimoku Case Study, which runs through to 7 June. Developed by Japan’s largest wooden furniture manufacturer, Karimoku, in collaboration with architecture and design studios Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design, the exhibition is being hosted by The Kinfolk Gallery.  Drawing on Japanese and Danish design aesthetics, quality craftsmanship and organic shapes, Karimoku Case Study showcases the works of local creatives in a setting that has been thoughtfully curated to give visitors the impression of being in a contemporary apartment.


Located right above Copenhagen’s busiest street, Strøget, the apartment exhibition is a tactile sanctuary, composed of natural materials, earthy tones and references found between the artworks of the co-exhibitors and the furniture pieces. Inspired by the temples, shrines and gardens of Japan, the exhibition and collection embody a sense of calm; a soft, warm and minimal space composed of materials, designs and aesthetics that all elevate one another, in the same way the design traditions of Japan and Denmark unite and promote each other through mutual admiration and shared values.


The soft muted walls, dark flooring and clean architectural detailing of the Kinfolk gallery provide the perfect backdrop for the beautiful collection of Karimoku furniture designed by Norm Architects. Alongside these are a mix of unique, tactile elements including decorative wall art by Sara Martinsen, which consists of intricately woven strips of ash veneer and wood patterning, gorgeous dried foliage arrangements by Tableau, and sculptural ceramics by Turi Heisselberg Pedersen.  Incredible attention to detail is shown throughout the exhibition. Even the books and stationery have been carefully curated by the Copenhagen bookstore Cinnober, while August Sandgren created the exquisite bespoke boxes handmade from Sorensen Leather


Curated by Frederik WernerStyling by Linnea Ek Blær / Photography by Monica Steffersen

Images via Karimoku Case Study

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