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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.

(Biography provided by DADA)
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Creator: Sori Yanagi
Sori Yanagi "Butterfly" Mid-Century Stool in Plywood Produced by Tendo ca 1980s
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Stockholm, SE
Rare and great example of Sori Yanagi iconic "Butterfly" stool in bent plywood produced by Tendo Mokko, Japan ca 1980s. This example was purchased by the previous owner in Tokyo in t...
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1980s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Plywood

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

Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Paris, FR
An Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi in blue fiberglass, manufactured by Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo, Japan, engraved with the editor’s mark and designer’s one under the seat, model ...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Fiberglass

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

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Paris, FR
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.
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Brass

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

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

Rare Japanese Stool by Soetsu Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Brussels, 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. ...
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1930s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Seagrass, Cherry

Sori Yanagi White Elephant Stool for Kotobuki, 1960s
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, 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

Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Paris, FR
An Elephant stool by Sori Yanagi, in black fiberglass, manufactured by Kotobuki Seating Company, Tokyo, Japan, engraved with the editor’s mark and designer’s one under the seat, mode...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Seating

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Fiberglass

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

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  • Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
  • Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
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H 15 in. W 17 in. D 12 in.
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Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Japanese Midcentury Architect Design
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Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool in Walnut and Plywood
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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 Seating

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  • Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Japanese Design
  • Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Japanese Design
H 15.36 in. W 16.70 in. D 12.21 in.
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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Sori Yanagi "Butterfly" Stool for Tendo Mokko, Early Production, Japan
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"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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Pair of Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
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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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H 15.75 in. W 16.93 in. D 12.21 in.
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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Sori Yanagi seating for sale on 1stDibs

Seats of 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. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original seating by Sori Yanagi were created in Japan during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by Junzo Sakakura, Tendo Mokko and Isamu Kenmochi. Prices for Sori Yanagi seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $378 and tops out at $7,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,940 on average.

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