BUTTER-FLY Evokative yanagi Modern Japanese Furniture Design Chair with Zen devotion to simplicity by Sori Yanagi, Brown

The Butterfly Stool designed by Sori Yanagi in 1954, a modern love affair.


The award-winning Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool exhibits the quintessential expression of Japanese design sensibility. Sori Yanagi's design sensibility was sleek but not slick, and it was playful. He embraced minimalism, which came from his Zen devotion to simplicity. This wonderful piece of design history is available through modern design purveyor Stardust. One of our favorite pieces of modern furniture; the Butterfly Stool unmistakably modern while displaying an unmistakable Japanese sensibility. The Butterfly Stool was designed by influential Japanese designer Sori Yanagi. The Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi is an elegant piece of Japanese modernist furniture design that will compliment any refined interior. Although the Yanagi Butterfly Stool was first created in 1954, it demonstrates timeless style and grace, a hallmark of the constrained Japanese design style we have come to love. The imaginative sinuous lines of Yanagi's Butterfly Stool evoke the delicate design of a butterfly's wings, yet at a certain angle, it is as if a whale is diving back into the ocean. We at Stardust love the Butterfly Stool. This could be our "island" design; you know...you are stranded on an island and you could only take 1 piece of modern furniture...

To design the Butterfly Stool, Sori Yanagi combined his Eastern influences with a special technique created by Ray and Charles Eames of bending and shaping plywood. Yanagi simply inverted two L-shaped pieces of rosewood plywood and braced them together using brass hardware. The concept is effortless, yet its presentation is rather bold. Each Butterfly Stool has its own unique intricate wood pattern as it was intended by nature.

Sori Yanagi studied art in Tokyo. Upon graduation, Sori worked in the office of Charlotte Perriand, a successful French architect and designer. Sori Yanagi clearly cherished the Japanese aesthetic, but was also very influenced by his Western peers. His ability to combine cultural influences into modern furniture has made his work highly impressive.

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True beauty is not made; it is born naturally", Sori Yanagi. With the revival of iconic plywood furniture by the Eameses and Nelson taking place in recent years, a simple, wood stool from the same period has also come to the attention of mid-century furniture connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. Made from two identical molded plywood forms held together with a simple brass stretcher, the Butterfly Stool embodies the perfect fusion of Eastern aesthetics and modern technology. The result is not unlike a Japanese haiku in plywood – succinct, graceful and atmospheric. The designer of this stool, Sori Yanagi, has achieved significantly more than the bridging of East and West in his designs. Active in the immediate postwar era, Yanagi's work embodies the optimism of the new industrial age without losing the delicacy and lightness that is so indicative of traditional Japanese design. The organic forms of the mid-century mesh seamlessly with Yanagi's own sensibilities, and appear repeatedly in his prolific career, from lighting and chairs to flatware and teakettles. Beyond just updating traditional Japanese forms for the modern age, Yanagi manages to transform mere raw materials, like his inspiration the butterfly, into objects of functional poetry.

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Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool

柳宗理 バタフライスツール

柳 宗理(やなぎ そうり、Sori Yanagi、1915年6月29日 - 2011年12月25日)は日本のプロダクトデザイナー。ユニークな形態と意外な実用性を兼ね備えた作品が多く、代表作に「バタフライ・スツール」がある。実父は柳宗悦、祖父は柳楢悦。工業デザインの他に玩具のデザイン、オブジェなども手がける。金沢美術工芸大学客員教授。本名は柳 宗理(やなぎ むねみち).

蝶が羽を広げ飛んでいるかのようなフォルムがその名の由来となっている、柳宗理デザインのバタフライスツール。 また、正面からのフォルムが“天”という漢字や神社の鳥居を連想させるという、いかにも日本的な情緒も持ち合わせています。 同一の成形合板を2枚左右に組み合わせ、1本の金属棒で連結するというシンプルな構造のこのスツールは、1956年の発売以来、ジャパンを代表するデザインとして、国内だけにとどまらず海外でも非常に高い評価を受けています。 現在、世界各国の著名な美術館に収蔵されており、さらに、ニューヨーク近代美術館(MOMA)や、パリのルーブル美術館ではパーマネントコレクション(永久所蔵品)として選定されています。

戦後、イームズのもとを訪ねた柳宗理は、成形合板で作られたイームズの代表作レッグスプリント(副木)に出合います。 革新的な木工技術を用いたその成形合板で何か作れないかと模索している中、偶然にしてこのバタフライスツールの原型が出来上がったといわれています。 その後、何度も模型を作り、試行錯誤を重ね、現在のカタチが生まれました。   2枚の成型合板を2本のボルトと1本の金属棒で連結させただけのシンプルな構造ですが、この美しく柔らかい曲線を作り出すためには、山形にある家具メーカー、天童木工の高度な成形合板技術が不可欠でした。   まさに柳宗理のバタフライスツールは、日本の伝統工芸と西洋のモダニズムを絶妙に融合させたデザインといえます。