Ariake’s Braid sofa was named after the braided paper cords adorning the chair’s armrests. The Braid sofas were inspired by bamboo constructions and tatami mats, classic elements in Japanese architecture, although Braid’s clean-lined appearance also features references to Danish design tradition. Due to the subtle decorations on the chair’s armrests and back, Braid is an ideal piece of furniture to divide a room.


Braid sofa, 3-seater, black



5–6 months


204,5 cm
79,5 cm
83 cm
Seat height
40 cm
Frame material
Sumi ink painted, matt lacquered ash; paper cord
Seat cushion
HR foam
Backrest cushion
HR foam, acrylic balls
Upholstery fabric
100% polyester

Norm Architects

Norm Architects is a dynamic design duo composed by the Danish architects Kasper Rønn (b. 1976) and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen (b. 1976), both graduates of the Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts in Copenhagen. Being true modernists, they believe in design where the focus is in meeting a real need instead of creating one, and this reflects from their work as architects as well as industrial designers.

Though bearing a strong admiration for some of the most pure minimalists, Norm Architects is not easy to categorize. The architects see their work as a part of the Scandinavian modernist tradition – functional, minimal, poetic and timeless – with a profound understanding of natural materials and a special attention to detail. One of their most successful products is the MILK lamp, designed for &Tradition, that combines wood and glass.

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