Ariake is a furniture brand founded by Legnatec and Hirata Chair, two furniture factories from Morodomi in Saga prefecture, Japan. Named after the nearby Ariake Sea, Ariake also means ‘daybreak’ in Japanese. The collaboration started in 2016 when the owners, Takehiro Kabashima and Shoji Hirata, met creative director Gabriel Tan with an ambition to export their furniture to the world. It is Ariake’s 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 Ariake’s collections were done over intensive workshops in Japan where invited international designers and Ariake craftsmen did the same – they lived, worked and ate together.