The concept of 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. Simple assembly required.
Curved maple with brass finished connector or curved rosewood withbrass finished connector.
"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. Read more >