Karimoku Case Study 05 – Notabene Flagship Store, Denmark

Marking their fifth case study, the Japanese lifestyle brand collaborated with Norm Architects to design the flagship store for Danish shoe brand Notabene in the heart of Copenhagen. 

The concept store is a hub where all things surrounding shoe design and shoe care are unified in a big industrial space comprising retail, a shoeshine bar and a creative lab – and it’s done beautifully. 

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The material combination of elegant wooden details, lush bouclé fabrics, hand brushed aluminium surfaces and rippled concrete creates an edgy universe that is both relaxed, refined, and luxurious at the same time.
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With its low significant posture and soft organic form, the N-S03 Lounge Chair becomes the centrepiece of calmness and stability in a busy room. The low backrest and organic shape create an elegant and comforting chair that fits into most interiors – be it large or small, residential or retail. The chair is built with a soft upholstery seat and backrest carried by four sturdy cylindrical legs in solid wood, creating a nondirectional design with a warm ambience.

With its low significant posture and soft organic form, the N-S03 Lounge Chair becomes the centrepiece of calmness and stability in a busy room. The low backrest and organic shape create an elegant and comforting chair that fits into most interiors – be it large or small, residential or retail. The chair is built with a soft upholstery seat and backrest carried by four sturdy cylindrical legs in solid wood, creating a nondirectional design with a warm ambience.

The N-S03 Lounge Chair is one of the tailor-made furniture pieces that make up the brand's fifth case study – the Notabene Shoe Store. The expressive raw building combines elegant wooden details, lush bouclé fabrics, hand brushed aluminium surfaces and rippled concrete that creates an edgy universe that is both relaxed, refined, and luxurious at the same time.

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A harmonious mix of materials gives the space a beautifully tactile quality – echoing the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and materiality. Offsetting all the robust concrete and aluminium, is the warm oak fittings and lush boucle fabric. The space finds the perfect balance between feeling light and airy, while having a sense of weight and permanence. It’s reductive and minimal, but also warm and rich – we’re in love. 

Karimoku Case Study 05 – Notabene Flagship Store, Denmark
Pictured: N-B01 Bar Stool

Karimoku Case Study 05 – Notabene Flagship Store, Denmark
Pictured: N-S03 Sofa, N-CT01 Coffee Table, and N-S03 Lounge Chairs

The intention to form a retail space resembling that of an artist’s atelier, combined with a simplified and stylised warehouse feeling is enhanced by the many freestanding plinths, displaying shoes as artwork in a versatile, yet harmonized, material palette.
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Karimoku Case Study 05 – Notabene Flagship Store, Denmark
Pictured: N-SC01 Side Chair

Norm Architects designed a number of bespoke pieces for the store, including a compact sofa and matching lounge chair, as well as beautiful oak dining, coffee and side tables. 

We are excited to announce we will be adding these pieces to the Good Form range soon. Be sure to keep an eye out on our website, and stay up to date with us on Instagram.

Words by Kennedy Cavey

Karimoku Case Study 05 – Notabene Flagship Store, Denmark
Pictured: N-ST02 Side Table

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