Ariake bench by Gabriel Tan The Ariake bench - designed by Gabriel Tan - Ariake The Ariake bench, armchair and bench product family is made with the harmony of both hand work and advanced machining. Its form combines classical and new joinery details, and the seat can be woven with leather strap, canvas strap, paper chord, or covered with a leather seat pad or washable fabric seat pad. This versatility of the Ariake bench makes it highly compatible to a variety of interior spaces. Gabriel Tan Studio is a design practice working at cultural intersections. Constantly exploring new ways to work across disciplines, reinterpret tradition, craft or technology, the studio has designed furniture and products for many brands. 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.