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yanagi butterfly stool

by Sori Yanagi, from Vitra.

yanagi butterfly stool

Design Sori Yanagi, 1954
Lacquered bent plywood, brass fittings
Made in Switzerland by Vitra

"true beauty is not made; it is born naturally", Sori Yanagi.

Long admired for it's sculptural silhouette, Sori Yanagi's 1954 Butterfly Stool has been an elusive beauty to net. Vintage examples often command upwards of a few thousand dollars at auction. Originally produced and distributed only in Japan, Vitra has secured the authorization and license to produce and distribute this classic.

15.25" h | 16.5" w | 12.25" d
Available in natural maple or rosewood plywood.

$1,160.00 + free shipping
(usually ships in 12 weeks)
average rating: 5

Sori Yanagi

Yanagi Sori combines Japanese and Western aesthetics with modern manufacturing techniques to create a harmonious image. He attended the Tokyo Art Academy from 1933 to 1938. He worked for the architects Junzo Sakakura in 1940, and from 1949 to 1942, he was assistant to Charlotte Perriand, who at the time had a commission to advise the Japanese Trade Ministry in Tokyo on arts and crafts. In 1954, Yanagi designed the famous Butterfly stool, whose delicate form recalls not only a butterfly, but also a Japanese character. In the same year, he also designed the Elephant Stool. Both chairs were originally developed by the Japanese company Tendo Mokko, but are now manufactured by Vitra.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of spaces through the power of design. Product longevity is central to the company goal of sustainable development. Short lived styling is avoided in favor of classical pieces of furniture that can be used for decades, have several owners and end up as part of a collection.


yanagi butterfly stool

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