Ariake is a furniture brand started by Legnatec and Hirata Chair, two factories from the furniture town of Morodomi in Saga prefecture, Japan.
Named after the Ariake Sea in Southern Japan, Ariake means daybreak in Japanese, and symbolizes a new chapter for the two factories as they embark on this 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 during an intensive workshop in Morodomi where furniture designers, artdirector, photographer and craftsmen did the same – we lived, worked and ate together. 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 an 18-piece debut collection made from white oak, hinoki, ash, cedar, leather, paper chord and unique finishes such as sumi, indigo and burnt cedar. Each piece is crafted in Morodomi, and furniture designs are by Anderssen & Voll, Gabriel Tan, Keiji Ashizawa and Staffan Holm, with branding by AnnerPerrin and photography by Sebastian Stadler.