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Sori Yanagi Seating

Japanese, 1915-2011

Sōri Yanagi was a Japanese product designer. Born in 1915 in Tokyo, Japan. His father was Yanagi Sōetsu, founder of the Japanese folk crafts mingei movement, which celebrated the beauty of everyday objects, and the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum (Nihon Mingeikan). Yanagi entered Tokyo Art School in 1934, where he studied both art and architecture. He played a role in the Japanese modern design developed after the Second World War to the high-growth period in the Japanese economy. Yanagi was both a representative of the wholly Japanese modern designer and a full-blown Modernist, who merged simplicity and practicality with elements of traditional Japanese crafts. He designed the official torch for the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan. Yanagi died in 2011 at the age of 96.

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Sori Yanagi for Vitra Maple Butterfly Stool
By Vitra, Sori Yanagi
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954, the Butterfly Stool has since become a design icon. Rooted in the designer’s Japanese aesthetic, the stool was created using the moulde...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Sori Yanagi Seating

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Brass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in San Francisco, CA
A Sori Yanagi butterfly stool for Tendo in bent rosewood and brass. Literature: Design since 1945, Hiesinger, pg. 137.
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Rosewood

Sori Yanagi, Early Production "Butterfly" Stools Walnut, Brass, Tendo Mokko 1954
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A set of rare and early organic "Butterfly" stools, designed in 1954 by Sori Yanagi. Produced by Tendo Mokko, Japan. Priced and sold individually. Other designers of the period incl...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Brass

Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Japanese Designer Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Dronten, NL
A perfect fusion of western function and eastern or Asian sensibility, the iconic butterfly stool was originally conceived in 1954 by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi. The stool is made...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

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Brass

Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in San Diego, CA
Orange fibreglass elephant stool by Sori Yanagi, which was designed in 1954. Sori was the son of the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum founder, Soetsu Yanagi. Having studied both art and a...
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1950s Japanese Organic Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Fiberglass

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Sammushi, JP
Rare butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi, manufactured by Tendo in Japan. It has an oval seal. It is a proof that it is a valuable early work. Comes with a red cushion. It's the...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Teak

Elephant Stool with White Color by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi, Kotobuki
Located in Tokyo, JP
Sori Yanagi (1915–2011) Japanese product designer. The Butterfly stool has become one of the most iconic design in his career. He also known as Charlotte Perriand ’s assistant betwe...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in New York, NY
Ease of travel in the jet age encouraged a growing fusion of cultural influences after World War II. Although Yanagi's stool was designed and manufactured in Japan, it employs Wester...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

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Plywood

Sori Yanagi Rosewood Butterfly Stool Japanese Midcentury Architect Design
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Washington, DC
Well used 1950s butterfly stool. This stool can still be used, tested by 165 pound person, no yawning, no total crack through anywhere, just heavily worn. A wonderful time-wron piece...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Rosewood

Pair of Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Riverdale, NY
Pair of period Sori Yanagi butterfly stools sold in original condition. Molded plywood with veener. Structurally sound, with some discoloration and later varnishing, 1950s, Japan.
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1950s Japanese Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Wood

Sori Yanagi Rare Early Red Elephant Stool for Kotobuki, Japan
By Sori Yanagi, Kotobuki
Located in Maastricht, NL
A rare and early red version fiberglass elephant stool, designed by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki. It bears its name 'elephant stool' because of the shape resemblances a baby elephant....
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Fiberglass

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Side Chair by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
This side chair was designed by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki. The color is Sori Yanagi's designation, the height of the seating surface is somewhat lowered according to the Japanese. Des...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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H 29.34 in. W 15.75 in. L 29.34 in.
Pair of Butterfly Stools by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Dallas, TX
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  • Pair of Butterfly Stools by Sori Yanagi
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H 15.25 in. W 16.75 in. L 15.25 in.
Set of four Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
By Sori Yanagi
Located in North Miami, FL
Set of four Sori Yanagi butterfly stools. Signed. The butterfly stool uniquely combines Eastern forms with the plywood moulding technique developed by Charles and Ray Eames. The gent...
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By Sori Yanagi
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H 15 in. W 17 in. D 12 in.
Pair of Butterfly Stools by Sori Yanagi
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Sori Yanagi Seating

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Sori Yanagi Seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Seating Sori Yanagi are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Sori Yanagi Seating collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Sori Yanagi were created in Asia during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Seating by Junzo Sakakura Seating, Tendo Mokko Seating and Isamu Kenmochi Seating. The prices for Sori Yanagi Seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Prices for these items start at $1,250 and top out at $7,500 on 1stDibs. Pieces like these can sell for $2,915.