Goodbye Sori Yanagi!

Goodbye Sori Yanagi!

Goodbye Sori Yanagi!

Recently Sori Yanagi passed away. The Butterfly Stool designer. Here is an eulogy by Jasper Morrison:

Sori Yanagi, the Japanese designer famous for his Butterfly Stool made from two identical plywood mouldings, has died in Tokyo aged 96. His career spanned a period which saw the birth of post-war Japan’s industrialisation through to its relatively recent surrender to Korea and China as factory floors for the world’s electronic goods.

Yanagi was born in Tokyo in 1915 and grew up in the Japanese equivalent of an Arts and Crafts house

Read more at Domus.

Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi

SORI YANAGI Early “Butterfly” stool, 1960s Molded rosewood-veneered plywood, brass. 14 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 12 in. (37.8 x 41.9 x 30.5 cm) Manufactured by Tendo Mokko, Japan. Estimate: $3,000-5,000

via Phillips de Pury & Company

Last edited by gje on April 7, 2010 at 11:20 PM