Tawa Barstool by Anderssen & Voll Tawa Barstool - designed by Anderssen & Voll - Ariake A bar stool is only a distant relative to the regular stool and chair in the sense that to a bar stool, supporting your seat and your feet are equally important functions. Tawa – which means ‘tower’ in Japanese, is part of Anderssen & Voll’s ongoing study into bar stools, trying to give these functions an equal representation. The result is a product that is functional but also sculptural and architectural. Anderssen & Voll was established in the fall of 2009. Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll were previously founders and running partners of the design group Norway Says. Anderssen & Voll works within various fields of design but focus on the domestic objects. Design at A & V means being receptive to cultural and market influences and applying this knowledge in forward-thinking ways to generate groundbreaking and desirable products for our clients. Ariake is a furniture brand founded by Legnatec and Hirata Chair, two factories from the furniture producing town of Morodomi in Saga prefecture, Japan. Ariake is named after the Ariake Sea in Southern Japan and also means "daybreak" in Japanese symbolizing a new chapter for its founding manufacturers: Legnatec and Hirata Chair Manufacture Co. which have been producing furniture in Japan for over 40 years. It is Ariake's philosophy that furniture is made for social situations where people live, work and eat together. The Ariake brand was created during two intensive workshops in Morodomi where furniture designers, art directors, craftsmen and photographers lived, worked and ate together to shape and generate a collective energy and mutual trust that would define the soul of the brand. The products made by Ariake is inspired by the spirituality of Japanese culture and urban living contexts which is seen in the combination of handmade- and machine-created products. Each Ariake collection piece is 100% made in Saga, Japan by Hirata Chair and Legnatec, producers of Japanese furniture since more than 40 years.