Butterfly Stool (1954), Sori Yanagi

Sori Yanagi (1915–2011) was a famous Japanese product designer, who updated traditional Japanese forms for the modern age. He transformed raw materials into objects of functional poetry, drawing inspiration from nature.

Using the plywood molding technique (invented by Charles and Ray Eames), Yanagi designed a graceful stool that combined ancient Japanese forms with modern Western materials. Designed in 1954, this elegant stool now resides in the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other fine museums worldwide.

If you are looking for a more ‘platonic’ stool, Wikiconic recommends Cassina’s 524 Tabouret Berger by Charlotte Perriand:

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