Sori Yanagi is a Japanese designer born in Tokyo in 1915. He studied at the Beaux-Arts and became Charlotte Perriand's assistant from 1940 to 1942. In 1952, he founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute.
His organically shaped creations marry Western industrial design with Japanese craft tradition. The Butterfly stool perfectly reflects this synthesis.
He makes many everyday objects, stools, dishes, kitchen utensils, but also urban amenities such as bridges or metro stations.
He is considered to be one of the emblematic figures of Japanese industrial design.
"Discreet, deep, effective and without compromise. He wanted to build his time and for that, wanted to move away from the beautiful craft to create objects produced by machines. Charlotte Perriand