Ariake is a furniture brand founded by Legnatec and Hirata Chair, two factories from the furniture producing town of Morodomi in Saga prefecture, Japan. Named after the Ariake Sea in Southern Japan, Ariake means daybreak in Japanese. It symbolizes a new chapter for the two factories as they embark on a collaboration with international designers for the global market.
It is our belief that strong working relationships are the foundation of good products. Furniture is made for social situations where people live, work and eat together. The creation of the Ariake brand and furniture designs were done over two intensive workshops in Morodomi where furniture designers, art director, photographer and craftsmen did the same – we lived, worked and ate together over. Despite language barriers, the designers and craftsmen generated a collective energy and mutual trust that helped define the soul of the brand. This resulted in a collection of furniture that utilizes the best of hand and machine, inspired by the spirituality of Japanese culture and urban living contexts.
We present to you a 30-piece collection made from oak, ash, hinoki, cedar, leather, paper cord, cotton canvas, upholstery and unique finishes such as sumi and indigo dye. Each piece is crafted in Morodomi, with furniture designs by Anderssen & Voll, Gabriel Tan, Keiji Ashizawa, Norm Architects, Shin Azumi, Staffan Holm, Zoe Mowat, Studio MK27, branding by AnnerPerrin and photography by Sebastian Stadler.
Sagyo desk is part of the Sagyo series of furniture. Sagyo means “work” in Japanese and this compact writing desk can be used in the living room, study or even in a small bedroom. Sagyo becomes a dressing table when used with accompanying magnetic shelf and mirror.
Beam Side Table
This small sculptural side table is related to the larger Beam dining table. And just like the bigger version, it’s about the beam holding the tabletop and the details created by the cut line and footboard. This is a small jewel of craftsmanship showing the quality of Ariake artisans. Available in 4 different colours, White, Sumi (black), Smoke (oak) and Indigo.
Sake Coffee Table
Inspired by Masu cups used when drinking sake, this coffee table has a removable lid which reveals a space for storage. Practical and poetic, the piece is useful in home, office and hospitality settings. Available in 4 different colours, White, Sumi (black), Smoke (oak) and Indigo.
Lattice Dining Table
A dining table that investigates the interplay between being transparent and solid, the wooden lattice build up the legs and with the natural spacing it plays with both light and shadow. From some angles the legs will appear as a closed surface, only revealing its construction though the light flowing though, while it from other will appear very transparent. The construction is inspired by the shutters and covers that are used in architecture to control light streaming into the building and the calming repetitions creates an overall clear architectural feeling, which you often find in front of traditional Japanese stores and restaurants.
This sideboard is inspired by traditional Japanese houses built on wooden stilts, with sliding tatami doors. The handles and legs of the sideboard are aligned when its glass doors are fully opened or closed, reflecting the importance of precision and harmony in Japanese architecture. This sideboard is available in white, smoke or sumi (black).
Rikyu Media Console
This media console is inspired by traditional Japanese houses built on wooden stilts, with sliding tatami doors. The handles and legs of the console are aligned when its glass doors are fully opened or closed, reflecting the importance of precision and harmony in Japanese architecture. This media console is available in white, smoke or sumi (black).
The design of these shelves are inspired by the fireworks installation created by Cai Guo-Qiang. The gently curved ends of the shelf legs are reminiscent of a rope ladder, suspended from a hot air balloon. The result is both poetic and structural. Available in 2 different heights and 3 different colours.
Saga Low Chair
The Saga chair is an effort to find the harmony in a small lounge chair with a great seating experience. A seemingly oversized seat lends to the visual comfort of the chair. Still the chair is rather petite in size and fits well into smaller spaces. The presence of the chair is a combination of Japanese humbleness and Scandinavian material sensibility. In Norwegian the word Saga refers to the ancient stories of the North. With this chair we are writing a new story from Saga prefecture.
Outline Dining Chair
We choose to build this chair together with the craftsmen, taking bits and pieces from different items that had character, and worked towards refining the proportions and details, creating an “Outline” drawing in 1:1 which was then used to produce the prototype. It was an enjoyable and effective work process with an outcome that has both classic and modern influences.
Designed in collaboration with Studio MK27, the repetitive sticks of the back and the paper cord braided armrests are inspired by patterns found in classic bamboo constructions and tatami mats.
We combined this with elements of traditional Danish cabinetmakers´ furniture – with subtle references to the masterpieces created by Børge Mogensen, Hans Bølling and Finn Juhl. The deep and low sofas are created for a lounge environment and the beautiful rear structure ensure that they are perfect not only against a wall, but also in the middle of a space.