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Sori Yanagi

SŌRI YANAGI (JAPAN, 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 Butterfly Stool Japanese Design
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Chicago, IL
Butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Rosewood. Unsigned. O...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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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. Marked with stenciled numbering. Priced and sold individually. ...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass

Sori Yanagi Japanese Designer Midcentury Signed Bent Rosewood Butterfly Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Studio City, CA
A perfect fusion of western function and eastern/ Asian sensibility, the iconic butterfly stool was originally conceived in 1954 by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi. The stool is made f...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi

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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

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Fiberglass

Butterfly Stool for Tendo Mokko by Sori Yanagi
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagui for Tendo Mokko. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Sori Yanagi wa...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Wood

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

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Teak

Pair of Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Pair of butterfly stools designed by Sori Yanagi. Manufactured by Tendo Mokko (Japan) in 1954. In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving ...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Wood

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi. Manufactured by Tendo Mokko (Japan) in 1954. In good original condition with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautif...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Wood

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool for Tendo Mokko
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagui for Tendo Mokko. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Sori Yanagi wa...
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass

Elephant Stool with White Color by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi, Kotobuki
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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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Tea Set, circa 1950
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
A tea set designed by Sori Yanagi just a little after the Second World War for Matsumura & Co, Japan. Two cups and saucers, one pot. Dimensions; Pot 21 x 14 x 14 cm Cup f7.5 x 7 cm ...
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1940s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Ceramic

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

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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

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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

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Wood

Sori Yanagi Rare Early Red Elephant Stool for Kotobuki, Japan
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
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

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Fiberglass

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Elephant Stool with Blue Color by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Tokyo, JP
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

1950s, Marple Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko
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Beautiful butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954 and manufactured by Tendo Mokko Japan. It is made from maple plywood including the originally labelled cushion. The stool ...
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Sori Yanagi "Butterfly" Stool for Tendo Mokko, Early Production, Japan
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Tokyo, JP
"Butterfly" stool designed by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi in 1954. Manufactured by Tendo Mokko. The sticker on the bottom means this individual was manufactured for the export. ...
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1970s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
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Bleached rosewood moulded plywood stool by Sori Yanagi, c. 1954. Manufactured by Tendo Co. Ltd., Japan.
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Brass

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Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
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  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
H 15.25 in. W 16.5 in. D 12.25 in.
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Iconic Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
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Iconic Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi. Beautiful grained rosewood veneer with a brass stretcher. 15 in. seat height.
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Vitra Signed Butterfly Stool in Maple Plywood and Brass by Sori Yanagi
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This Vitra butterfly stool combines Eastern forms with the plywood molding technique developed by Charles and Ray Eames. The gently curving silhouette is reminiscent of a butterfly‘s...
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Early 2000s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi

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