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Butterfly Stool

Butterfly Stool

Sori Yanagi, 1954


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14h x 17w x 12"d.



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Product Description

Butterfly Stool

A pioneer of Japanese industrial design, Sori Yanagi prefers gentle and rounded forms because they "radiate human warmth." Featured in the Museum’s collection, the Butterfly Stool makes use of a simple metal connector that harnesses the divergent forces of the two rounded panels by employing the tectonic principles of compression and tension. The use of a traditional veneer-cutting technique ensures that each half of the stool's surface mirrors the grain of the other half. The result: an elegantly simple, soaring design of molded plywood and steel. Simple assembly required.

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Mid-Century Design

Following World War II, a number of factors combined to foster a new direction in home products and furniture. New materials, such as molded plywood and plastic, and advances in mass production techniques opened a world of design options. Through the efforts of companies like Herman Miller, their longtime design director George Nelson, and the influential team of Charles and Ray Eames, these new designs could be produced for a broad market. A new vocabulary of ergonomic form, versatile function, and synthetic material emerged—and some of the most beloved furniture of the century was created.

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Product Specs

Type Seating
Made In Italy
Size 14h x 17w x 12"d.
Materials Molded Plywood, Steel
Featured In the MoMA Collection , Design Classics
Designer Sori Yanagi
Date 1954