H : 70 cm
L : 80 cm
P : 55 cm
The iconic Butterfly Stool by Japanese designer Sori Yanagi is a classic piece of furniture that uniquely combines Oriental shapes with the plywood bending technique developed by Charles and Ray Eames. The slightly curved silhouette of the two seat hulls evokes the wings of a butterfly - ready at any moment to take off. The stool is made of maple or rosewood.
Sori Yanagi, born in 1915 in Tokyo, studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and became assistant to the designer Charlotte Perriand from 1940 to 1942.
In 1952, he founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute, which year after year created an extraordinary number of everyday objects and furniture. Sori Yanagi's creations in organic forms marry Western industrial design and Japanese craft tradition. Sori Yanagi becomes one of the most prominent Japanese designers of the post-war period. In addition to furniture, he creates lighting fixtures, glass objects, cutlery, toys, but also metro stations, cars and motorcycles.
In 1977, Sori Yanagi became director of the Tokyo Japanese Folk Art Museum.
He died in Tokyo in 2011.