Born in 1915 in Tokyo, attended art school in the city and worked from 1940 to 1942 in the office of the designer Charlotte Perriand.
In 1952, he founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute, which created a prolific number of articles of daily use and furnishings. Sori Yanagi’s organic forms combine western industrial designs with Japan’s native artisanal traditions. This successful synthesis made Sori Yanagi one of the most significant Japanese designers of the post-war era. In addition to furniture, he also designed lighting, glass objects, cutlery, children’s toys, metro stations, cars and motorcycles.
In 1977, Sori Yanagi was named director of the Japanese Folk Art Museum in Tokyo.
The Elephant Stool is one of the most famous post-war Japanese designs and is still as appealing as ever with its clear formal idiom and great functionality. The stackable stool is suitable for both indoors and outdoors, balconies and gardens. Special additives slow down the...
Miniature scale model of Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool at a scale of 1:6. True to the original piece in structure and materials, this miniature chair is precision-crafted, making it a thoughtful and perfect gift for any furniture lover or design professional. Each miniature comes packaged in a Vitra wooden...