SORI YANAGI "BUTTERFLY STOOL" 1954
Sori Yanagi's iconic "Butterfly Stool" of 1954 is a remarkable synthesis of International Modernism and Japanese design.
Yanagi was a important proponent of the "mingei" movement in Japan which promoted traditional Japanese folk crafts in both form and process.
Yet he also absorbed many of the tenets of French Modernism as he studied and worked with Charlotte Perriand during her years in Japan in the 1940's.
His "Buttefly Stool" is his most successful design having been in production for decades.
It is another example of molded plywood technique first established by Charles and Ray Eames.
Yanagi was a prolific product designer during his lifetime and his designs have a cult following.
New examples can cost upwards of $800.
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Lacquered Maple, brass fittings.
Late 20th century