Skip to main content

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.

12
3
to
1
6
5
15
13
13
13
12
3
8
3
1
4
2
2
1
Height
to
Width
to
Depth
to
12
5
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
12
7
3
3
3
14
13
13
1
1
9
1,355
1,156
1,139
1,077
Creator: Sori Yanagi
Pair of Mid Century Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools for Tendo Mokko, Japan 1980s
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of iconic midcentury butterfly stools rendered in steam bent plywood wrapped in a Japanese rosewood paper veneer with black painted edges and underside, attached with metal hard...
Category

Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Metal

Sori Yanagi BUTTERFLY Stool
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Lake Worth Beach, FL
Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Sori Yanagi (Japanese, 1915-2011); Tendo (Japan) Marking(s); notes: no marking(s) apparent Materials: rosewood plywood, brass Dimensions (H, W, D): 15....
Category

20th Century Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood

Rare Japanese Stool by Soetsu Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Uccle, BE
This stool was made for the In 1936, the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum. Made of Japanese cherry wood and seagrass. Today, you can still see the original benches made for this museum. Yanagi Soetsu (1889 – 1961), also known as Yanagi Muneyoshi, was a Japanese art critic, philosopher, and founder of the mingei (folk craft) movement in Japan in the late 1920s and 1930s. His son, Sori Yanagi, was a renowned industrial designer. In 1916, Yanagi made his first trip to Korea out of curiosity about Korean crafts. The trip led to the establishment of the Korean Folk Crafts Museum in 1924 and the coining of the term mingei by Yanagi, potters Hamada Shoji (1894–1978) and Kawai Kanjiro...
Category

1930s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Seagrass, Cherry

Butterfly stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Centreville, VA
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 Weste...
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Maple

Sori Yanagi Wood and Brass Butterfly Stool Vintage
By Sori Yanagi
Located in North Miami, FL
This iconic and collectable butterfly stool is a work of simple and elegant sculpture by the Japanese designer Sori Yanagi. It is wood and brass structure. The combination aesthetics...
Category

1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Brass

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Lille, Hauts-de-France
A butterfly stool, model "S-0521/M", by Sori Yanagi, in wood and patinated brass, manufactured by Tendo Mokko, Japan, with the old editor’s label, model designed in 1954.
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Brass

Sori Yanagi 'Monjiro' Stool in Oak and Steel for Hida
By Sori Yanagi, Hida
Located in Glendale, CA
Sori Yanagi 'Monjiro' Stool in Oak and Steel for Hida. For centuries, famed Hida artisans in Gifu prefecture have played a role in Japan's woodworking culture, crafting iconic bentwood furniture from sustainable local forests. Established in 1920, Hida Sangyo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Javanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Sori Yanagi, "Butterfly" Stools, Walnut, Brass, Japan, 1954
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in High Point, NC
A set of first production walnut "Butterfly" stools, designed in 1954 by Sori Yanagi and produced by Tendo Mokko, Japan, c. 1960s. Unlabeled. Seat height: 15.75"
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Brass

Sori Yanagi 'Collection' Dining Chair in White Oak for Hida
By Sori Yanagi, Hida
Located in Glendale, CA
Sori Yanagi 'Collection' Dining Chair in White Oak for Hida For centuries, famed Hida artisans in Gifu prefecture have played a role in Japan's woodworking culture, crafting iconic ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Oak

Sori Yanagi 'Collection' Dining Armchair in Stained White Oak for Hida
By Sori Yanagi, Hida
Located in Glendale, CA
Sori Yanagi 'Collection' Dining Armchair in Stained White Oak for Hida For centuries, famed Hida artisans in Gifu prefecture have played a role in Japan's woodworking culture, craft...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Oak

Sori Yanagi "Butterfly" Mid Century Stool in Plywood Produced by Tendo, 1980s
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and iconic mid century stool model "Butterfly" in molded plywood by Sori Yanagi produced by Tendo Mokko, Japan ca 1980s. Acquired from the very original owner who bought this st...
Category

1980s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Plywood

Kotobuki Chair by Sori Yanagi, 1969
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Venezia, VENETO
Designed in 1969 by Sori Yanagi, the Kobotuki chair has a comfortable FRP shell seat, steel plated legs and original black and yellow upholstery. Back in the 1960s, this chair was u...
Category

1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Steel

Armchair X by Tendo Mokko, circa 1960
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Venezia, VENETO
This very unique vintage armchair has been manufactured by Tendo Mokko in the 1960's. It is a very rare item coming from a facilities in Japan, after the relocation of the warehouse,...
Category

1960s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Sori Yanagi Side Chairs for Kotobuki, Pair, Designed in 1969
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
Stackable side chairs designed by Sori Yanagi in 1969 and manufactured by Kotobuki. Sold as a pair. Priced in pair. Upholstery, FRP (fiber-glass reinforced plastic), steel.
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Steel

Sori Yanagi ‘Elephant’ stool for Kotobuki, Japan 1954
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo 1954. Yanagi originally designed the stool as a work chair for his studio, a couple of years later it was released b...
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Related Items
Japanese "Heron" Chair and Ottoman by Mitsumasa Sugasawa for Tendo Mokko, c1970s
By Mitsumasa Sugasawa, Tendo Mokko
Located in Chino Hills, CA
Now available is an amazing "Heron" rocking chair designed by Mitsumasa Sugasawa for Tendo Mokko. Truly a classic design that any collector would be happy to have. The chair measures...
Category

1970s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fabric, Bentwood

Mike Hexagonal Stool or Side Table in Reclaimed Oak with Butterfly Wingnuts
By Fred&Juul
Located in Fiesole, Florence
Mike was born out of a geometrical game of combining rhombi. 12 wooden elements with rhombus-shaped tops are assembled with handmade brass butterfly wing bolts to form a stool or side table. Two, three or even more pieces, with their hexagonal top and star-shaped base, can be united to form a coffee table or bench. Handmade by master craftsmen in Tuscany, Italy. The 12 elements are screwed together instead of glued so the rhombi are perceived as individual parts. The oakwood is reclaimed from old Italian wine barrels...
Category

2010s Italian Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Brass

Vintage Egyptian Revival Handmade Wood Thebes Stool
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage Egyptian Revival handmade wood Thebes stool. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. The joints have been glued. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, Early to Mid-20th Century. We have a stool that will make you DROOL!!!! This is an AWESOME vintage Egyptian Revival handmade wood Thebes stool comprised of a lovely wood frame with lattice bracing under the curved plywood seat, straight legs, and stretchers on all four sides. Simple lines and a unique presence. So… Thebes stools have been around for quite some time!! As a matter of fact, one was discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamum circa 1400 B.C.!! In the late 19th century, Liberty of London began producing the Egyptian-style stool in flexible-yet-durable plywood as a part of the store's Furnishing & Decorating Studio. Liberty continued manufacturing the stool until approximately 1919 and, since that time, designers have reproduced the style all over the world. I’d say they are here to stay!! As a piece of practical design, the Thebes stool functions as both a seat and an ottoman and will be wonderful in any room of your home! It is Egyptian Revival in style with an Arts & Crafts flair and it’s going to blend in beautifully with your décor! You could use it as is or throw a pillow on top. It’s very versatile and lightweight so it is easily moved from space to space. King Tutankhamum loved his Thebes stool enough to take it to his tomb…. Now, that’s a cool stool...
Category

20th Century Unknown Egyptian Revival Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood, Bentwood

Tripod Stool by Orange
By Jean Royère
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Great shaped stools with Royère style tripod legs. Reupholstered in sheepskin - Priced individually.
Category

2010s American Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Oak, Sheepskin

Tripod Stool by Orange
Tripod Stool by Orange
H 20 in Dm 14 in
Stacking Chair by Tendo Mokko, Japan, 1970s
By Tendo Mokko
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
A chair that designed and manufactured by Tendo Mokko. This model had been manufactured and sold during 1974 to 1979. Designed to be stacked. Faux Leather and metal. A bar between th...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Metal

Stacking Chair by Tendo Mokko, Japan, 1970s
Stacking Chair by Tendo Mokko, Japan, 1970s
H 29.53 in W 21.26 in D 20.67 in
Burgundy Vintage Stool, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful soft velvet burgundy upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, characte...
Category

Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Burgundy Vintage Stool, 1960s
Burgundy Vintage Stool, 1960s
H 15.75 in W 15.75 in D 15.75 in
Rare Stool Thonet B313 by Frank Josef, 1930
By Thonet-Mundus, Frank Josef
Located in Praha, CZ
- Thonet-Mundus - Designed by Josef Frank - original good condition - Few ropes missing.
Category

Early 20th Century Austrian Bauhaus Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Bentwood

Rare Stool Thonet B313 by Frank Josef, 1930
Rare Stool Thonet B313 by Frank Josef, 1930
H 15.36 in W 16.54 in D 17.72 in
Band Stool Contemporary Stool in Ceramic
Located in London, GB
A stool made by attaching several bands of clay together. The existing ceramic process was manufactured with clay, the process of making contains the process of biscuit [bisque] firi...
Category

2010s South Korean Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Ceramic

Band Stool Contemporary Stool in Ceramic
Band Stool Contemporary Stool in Ceramic
H 15.75 in W 11.42 in D 16.93 in
Rare Thonet B 313 Stool by Josef Frank
By Josef Frank, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna GmbH
Located in PRAHA 5, CZ
Designed for Haus & Garten, Vienna, c. 1928, manufactured by Thonet-Mundus AG. Dimensions: height 39 cm, 45 x 42 cm. Very good original condition, firm and stable. Some former woodwo...
Category

1930s Austrian Jugendstil Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Beech

Rare Thonet B 313 Stool by Josef Frank
Rare Thonet B 313 Stool by Josef Frank
H 15.36 in W 17.72 in D 16.54 in
Bertu Counter Stools, White Oak Counter Stool, Chile Stool
By Bertu Furniture
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Bertu Counter Stools, White Oak Counter Stool, Chile Stool This White Oak Chile Counter Stool is beautifully constructed from solid wood...
Category

2010s American Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood, Oak

Leopard Vintage Stool, 1960s
Located in 05-080 Hornowek, PL
Stool from the turn of the 1960s and 1970s. Beautiful soft velvet leopard print upholstery. The stool consists of an upholstered part, a seat and wooden legs narrowing downwards, cha...
Category

Mid-20th Century Polish Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Velvet

Leopard Vintage Stool, 1960s
Leopard Vintage Stool, 1960s
H 15.75 in W 15.75 in D 15.75 in
Rare Pair of Oak Stools for Les Arcs by Charlotte Perriand
By Charlotte Perriand
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very rare pair of medium height oak stools with beautiful patina made for Les Arcs Ski Resort in Savoie France.
Category

1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Pine

Previously Available Items
Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Rosewood Brass
By Sori Yanagi
Located in San Diego, CA
Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool in rosewood and brass. Designed in 1954 and produced in the 1990s. Signed, Sori Yanagi.
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Rosewood

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Rosewood Brass
Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Rosewood Brass
H 15.25 in W 16.75 in D 12 in
SORI YANAGI , Mageki Stacking Chairs for Akita Mokkou , 1960s , Japanese modern
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Edogawa-ku Tokyo, JP
SORI YANAGI , Mageki Stacking Chairs for Akita Mokkou , 1960s , Japanese modern each price
Category

1960s Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood

Pair Black Sori Yanagi Elephant Stools by Kotobuki Japan c. 1950s
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of black Sori Yanagi Elephant Stools by Kotobuki, Japan c. 1950s. Yanagi foil sticker on underside. Originally designed by Yanagi as ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi ‘Elephant’ stool for Kotobuki, Japan 1954
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo 1954. Yanagi originally designed the stool as a work chair for his studio, a couple of years later it was released b...
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool or Ottoman
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Ottoman designed by Sori Yanagi. The walnut bent plywood frame mirrors one another showcasing a butterfly shape, hence the name. The stool is finished with brass hardware. Dimension...
Category

Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Brass

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool or Ottoman
Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool or Ottoman
H 15.25 in W 17.25 in D 11.75 in
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
The Elephant Stool was designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954. This stool, which was released in 1956 with FRP material, which was rare at the time, was used in the pavilion at the 1970 Osa...
Category

1950s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki
H 14.57 in W 19.69 in D 19.69 in
Sori Yanagi Model "Butterfly" Stool for Tendo Mokko, Japan, 2000s
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in Skokie, IL
Sori Yanagi model "Butterfly" stool for Tendo Mokko, Japan, 2000s Additional Information: Materials: laminated walnut, brass Dimensions: 15 1/2" H x 17" W x 12" D Condition: Ex...
Category

20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Walnut

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi for Tendo, Japan, 1970
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A beautiful “Butterfly” stool designed by Sori Yanagi and manufactured by Tendo in Japan around 1970. A design classic that exudes a sense of elegance and understated beauty. Craf...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Wood

Sori Yanagi Elephant stool by FRP
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
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 co...
Category

1990s Unknown Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Elephant stool by FRP
Sori Yanagi Elephant stool by FRP
H 13.98 in W 20.08 in D 20.08 in
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Puig, 1960s Set of 2
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Lasne, BE
Pair of red fibreglass stools, designer Sori Yanagi. Stamped on the leg. Wear due to time and age of the stools.
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi, "Elephant" Stool, Fiberglass, Japan, 1954
By Sori Yanagi, Tendo Mokko
Located in High Point, NC
A black plexiglass "Elephant" stool, designed by Sori Yanagi and produced by Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo, Japan, 1954.
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi Elephant stool by Kotobuki, Japan 1954
By Kotobuki, Sori Yanagi
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi for Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo Japan 1954. Yanagi originally designed the stool as a work chair for hi...
Category

1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

Materials

Fiberglass

Sori Yanagi seating for sale on 1stDibs.

Sori Yanagi seating are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Sori Yanagi seating, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original seating by Sori Yanagi were created in the mid-century modern style in japan during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Junzo Sakakura, Isamu Kenmochi, and Akita Mokko. Prices for Sori Yanagi seating can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,221 and can go as high as $11,095, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,500.

Recently Viewed

View All