February 25, 2015

Yanagi's Perfect Hotel Lobby complete with Saarinen Tulip and Butterfly Stool





Stardust offers the authentic Butterfly Stool manufactured by Vitra; the authorized manufacturer of Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool. This beautiful hotel lobby design makes use of classic modern design furniture to accen tuate the minimalist clean look. For this unique hotel lobby design; the architect specified the Yanagi Butterfly stool to be used as a display for architecture books. The concept of simple Japanese symmetry is beautifully manifested in the joined wings of Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool. Executed using the pressed plywood molding technique invented by Charles and Ray Eames, this graceful stool marries ancient Japanese forms with modern Western materials. First designed and manufactured in 1954, it now resides in the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other fine museums worldwide.

The Sori Yanagi butterfly stool is a classic of modern Japanese furniture design. The elegant design shows special respect for the natural wood grain, whose pattern is mirrored on either side of the joint that forms the seat. Like many other Japanese design pieces, its simplicity is serene; like a sculptural element that compliments any interior setting. It is both elegant and utterly simple: two curved pieces of molded plywood are held together through compression and tension by a single brass rod. The stool’s graceful shape recalls a butterfly’s wings, and has also been compared to the form of torii, the traditional Shinto shrine gates. According to Matilda McQuaid, the deputy curatorial director at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the stool "epitomizes Yanagi's approach to design. He loved traditional Japanese crafts and was dedicated to the modernist principles of simplicity, practicality and tactility that are associated with Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, and Le Corbusier." - source: New York Times

Sori Yanagi, 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. He passed away in Tokyo in 2011.