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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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Pair of Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
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

"Butterfly Stool" by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko, 1960s
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Tokyo, JP
Rare butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi, manufactured by Tendo in Japan. The work was published in 1956. The oval Tendo (????) seals were used in the 1950s and 1960s.
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool in Walnut and Plywood
By Sori Yanagi
Located in London, GB
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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1980s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Wood

Sori Yanagi, Early Production "Butterfly" Stool, Walnut, Brass, Tendo Mokko 1954
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A rare and early organic "Butterfly" stool, designed in 1954 by Sori Yanagi. Produced by Tendo Mokko, Japan, with original label. Other designers of the period include Isamu Noguc...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool for Tendo Mokko
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass, Wood

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

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Brass

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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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Fiberglass

Butterfly Stool for Tendo Mokko by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Brass, Wood

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

Vitra Magazine Rack Stand Mid-Century Modern Styling Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi, Vitra
Located in West Hartford, CT
Made of molded maple plywood, this curved Sori Yanagi magazine rack for Vitra is a joy to look at. It has a hollow handle at top for ease of mobility.      
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Early 2000s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi

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Wood

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 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

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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
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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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

Original Rosewood Sori Yanagi "Butterfly" Stool, 1950s
By Sori Yanagi
Located in New York, NY
Iconic "Butterfly" stool, created of rosewood plywood and brass by Sori Yanagi. Exceptional grain movement. Brass is in original condition, but could be polished if required.
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Bleached rosewood moulded plywood stool by Sori Yanagi, c. 1954. Manufactured by Tendo Co. Ltd., Japan.
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Organic Modern Sori Yanagi

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Brass

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  • Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Rosewood Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
H 15 in. W 17 in. D 12.25 in.
Sori Yanagi "Butterfly Stool" Tendo Mokko, 1960s
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Tokyo, JP
Rare butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi, manufactured by Tendo in Japan Precious early works. There is a seal.
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H 14.97 in. W 16.93 in. D 13 in.
Museum Quality Mid-Century Sori Yanagi "Butterfly Stool" Tendo Mokko
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
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Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Exceptional Rosewood "Butterfly" Stool by Sori Yanagi. Beautifully grained rosewood veneer and brass in excellent original condition.
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  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
  • Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
H 15.25 in. W 16.5 in. D 12.25 in.
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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1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Fiberglass

  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
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  • Sori Yanagi Pair of Elephant Stool for Kotobuki
H 14.57 in. W 20.08 in. D 18.12 in.
1950s, Marple Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Silvolde, Gelderland
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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1950s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi

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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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1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki, Japan
H 14.57 in. W 20.08 in. D 18.51 in.
Vitra Signed Butterfly Stool in Maple Plywood and Brass by Sori Yanagi
By Vitra, Sori Yanagi
Located in West Hartford, CT
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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Brass

Sori Yanagi Ash Butterfly Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Pasadena, CA
Butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi in ashwood. Stool measures 15.5" in height by 17" wide by 12.5" deep and is in very good condition showing minor wear to the wood. Also, there...
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1990s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi

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Bentwood

  • Sori Yanagi Ash Butterfly Stool
  • Sori Yanagi Ash Butterfly Stool
  • Sori Yanagi Ash Butterfly Stool
  • Sori Yanagi Ash Butterfly Stool
H 15.5 in. W 17 in. D 12.5 in.
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra, 1954
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Porto, PT
The model elephant stool is one of the most well-known examples of Japanese post-war design with a clear form and functionality. Suited for indoor spaces as well as balconies and gar...
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1950s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi

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Plastic

  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra, 1954
  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra, 1954
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  • Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra, 1954
H 16.93 in. W 11.03 in. D 18.51 in.

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