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Sori Yanagi Stools

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
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 Stools

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Fiberglass

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 Stools

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Rosewood

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 Stools

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Plywood

Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool
By Tendo Mokko, Sori Yanagi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Sori Yanagi was born in Tokyo, Japan. He was very influenced by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, whom he translated for when she visited Japan. Yanagi's designs are known for the...
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1980s Japanese Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Stools

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Stainless Steel

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 Stools

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Teak

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 Stools

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Brass

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 Stools

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Brass

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 Stools

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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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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Stools

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Fiberglass

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 Stools

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Wood

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 Stools

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Brass

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 Stools

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Seagrass, Cherry

Sori Yanagi White Elephant Stool for Kotobuki, 1960s
By Sori Yanagi, Kotobuki
Located in Kawaguchi city, Saitama
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 Stools

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Fiberglass

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 Stools

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Fiberglass

Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi, Habitat Limited Edition, 2001
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Athens, GR
Elephant fiberglass stool by Sori Yanagi, limited edition for Habitat, 2001.No longer in production. The stool has since been reissued by vitra in polypropylene. Originally designed...
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Sori Yanagi Stools

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Fiberglass

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Checkerboard Stool by Maxwell Yellen, 1953
By Maxwell Yellen
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Counter Stools in Tan Leather by A. Rudin
By A. Rudin
Located in San Diego, CA
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Postmodern Waterfall Lucite Vanity Stool or Bench by Akko
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Danish Modern Teak & Paper Cord Stool / Bench
Located in San Diego, CA
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Previously Available Items
Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi, Habitat Limited Edition, 2001
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Athens, GR
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By Sori Yanagi
Located in Phoenix, AZ
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Brass

Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra
By Sori Yanagi
Located in San Diego, CA
Red molded Plastic elephant stool by Sori Yanagi, for Vitra.  
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21st Century and Contemporary German Organic Modern Sori Yanagi Stools

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Sori Yanagi for Vitra Maple Butterfly Stool
By Vitra, Sori Yanagi
Located in London, GB
Originally designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954, the Butterfly Stool has since become a design icon. Rooted in the designer’s Japanese aesthetic, the stool was created using the moulde...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Sori Yanagi Stools

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Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool Japanese Midcentury Architect Design
By Sori Yanagi
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Well used 1950s butterfly stool. This stool can still be used, tested by 165 pound person, no yawning, no cracks that go all the way through the plywood anywhere, just veneer losses ...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Sori Yanagi Stools

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

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Pair of Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stools
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Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
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Located in West Palm Beach, FL
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Located in Denton, TX
Molded plywood butterfly stool designed by Sori Yanagi for Tendo Mokko.
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H 16 in. W 16.63 in. D 11.75 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 Stools

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Sori Yanagi stools for sale on 1stDibs

The Sori Yanagi stools 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 collection of Sori Yanagi stools to choose from, 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 of the original stools by Sori Yanagi were created in Japan during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider stools by Tendo Mokko and Pierre Jeanneret if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Sori Yanagi stools can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $378 and tops out at $7,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,940 on average.

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