Ariake’s Column chest of drawers is defined by the handles placed right at the centre of the drawers to create a vertical column when the drawers are closed. The beautiful black shade has been achieved using an old Japanese technique where the wood is painted with black ink, "sumi". Practical and ergonomic aspects have also been taken into consideration: the chest, designed by Gabriel Tan, has been lifted up from the ground so that it is easier to reach the lower drawers of the chest. The chest has five smaller  and two larger drawers.


Column chest of drawers, oak



5–6 months


Matt lacquered oak; Sumi ink painted, matt lacquered ash
Oak, black
35 cm
36,7 cm
91,3 cm

Gabriel Tan

Gabriel Tan, born 1982, is a Singapore and New York based designer working across disciplines to find ways to combine tradition and technology, heritage and cosmopolitan aesthetics. In addition to collaborating with brands like Menu and Wallpaper*, Tan has also worked as a creative director for Turn Handles, Origin and Ariake, and spoken as a guest lecturer at several institutions. The works of his design practice, Gabriel Tan Studio, have been exhibited all over the world.

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