Raft Sofa by Keiji Ashizawa Raft Sofa- designed by Keiji Ashizawa - Ariake Raft is a sofa family with composed of a solid wood frame and modules which could either be seat with backrest, seat without backrest or a table module. The frame construction is inspired by a raft, hence its name. The various compositions allows this product to suit various living, office break-out or hospitality lounge spaces. It has a proportion and volume that fits even in compact spaces space because of its total depth and restrained backrest. 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.