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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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Vintage 1950s Japanese Organic Modern Stools

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Fiberglass

  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
H 14 in. W 21 in. D 18 in.
Elephant Stool with White Color by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
Stacking stools also called elephant leg stools. It won the gold medal at the 12th Milan. Triennale of 1960, and it is stored as MoMA and the museum of the Amsterdam as a permanent c...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fiberglass

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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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Grenoble, FR
Sori Yanagi pair of elephant stool for Kotobuki Friend of Charlotte Perriand and under his leadership Sori Yanagi produced this stool in the 1960s Stacking stools also called eleph...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

Materials

Fiberglass

  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
H 14.57 in. W 20.08 in. D 18.12 in.
Elephant Stool with Blue Color by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
Stacking stools also called elephant leg stools. It won the Gold Medal at the 12th Milan • Triennale of 1960, and it is stored as MoMA and the museum of the Amsterdam as a permanent ...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

"Elephant Stool" by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sori Yanagi, the long-lived, prolific, and stunningly versatile Japanese designer of a thousand different things, from tea kettles and water-main valves to bridges and tunnels and su...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Footstools

Modernist Elephant Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Rochester, NY
Mid 20th Century Modernist molded lacquered resin fiberglass elephant stool of an atypical circular form. Glowing amber in color with an aged surface with the look and feel of lamina...
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Stools

  • Modernist Elephant Stool
  • Modernist Elephant Stool
  • Modernist Elephant Stool
  • Modernist Elephant Stool
H 17 in. Dm 18 in.
Sori Yanagi Elephant Stool Kotobuki Japan
By Sori Yanagi
Located in San Diego, CA
Black fiberglass "Elephant" stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki. Wear as pictured.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

  • Sori Yanagi Elephant Stool Kotobuki Japan
  • Sori Yanagi Elephant Stool Kotobuki Japan
  • Sori Yanagi Elephant Stool Kotobuki Japan
  • Sori Yanagi Elephant Stool Kotobuki Japan
H 13 in. W 18.5 in. D 16 in.
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi, iconic stool is made of beautiful light blue fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP) with stackable design The Kotobuki shop was the first to accept this tec...
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Vintage 1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Stools

  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
H 14.57 in. W 20.08 in. D 18.51 in.

sori-yanagi Biography and Important Works

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.

Finding the Right Stools for You

Stools are versatile and a necessary addition to any living room, kitchen area or elsewhere in your home. A sofa or reliable lounge chair might nab all the credit, comfort-wise, but don’t discount the roles that a good stool can play.

“Stools are jewels and statements in a space, and they can also be investment pieces,” says New York City designer Amy Lau, who adds that these seats provide an excellent choice for setting an interior’s general tone. 

Stools, which are among the oldest forms of wooden furnishings, may also serve as decorative pieces, even if we’re talking about a stool that is far less sculptural than the gracefully curving molded plywood shells that make up Sōri Yanagi’s provocative Butterfly stool

Fawn Galli, a New York interior designer, uses her stools in the same way you would use a throw pillow. “I normally buy several styles and move them around the home where needed,” she says.

Stools are smaller pieces of seating as compared to armchairs or dining chairs and can add depth as well as functionality to a space that you’ve relegated to entertaining. For a splash of color, consider the Stool 60, a pioneering work of bentwood by Finnish architect and furniture maker Alvar Aalto. It’s manufactured by Artek and comes in a variety of colored seats and finishes.

Barstools that date back to the 1970s are now more ubiquitous in kitchens. Vintage barstools have seen renewed interest, be they a meld of chrome and leather or transparent plastic, such as the Lucite and stainless-steel counter stool variety from Indiana-born furniture designer Charles Hollis Jones, who is renowned for his acrylic works. A cluster of barstools — perhaps a set of four brushed-aluminum counter stools by Emeco or Tubby Tube stools by Faye Toogood — can encourage merriment in the kitchen. If you’ve got the room for family and friends to congregate and enjoy cocktails where the cooking is done, consider matching your stools with a tall table.

Whether you need counter stools, drafting stools or another kind, explore an extensive range of antique, new and vintage stools on 1stDibs.