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ONE OF A KIND: Designed in 1956, the Butterfly Stool, with its distinct Asian accents, comprises two pieces of moulded plywood held together with a simple brass fitting.

ONE OF A KIND: Elephant Stool, designed in 1954.

Sori Yanagi (1915-2011) would have preferred to remain just another nameless designer with his work existing in a realm of anonymity.

ONE OF A KIND: Stainless steel kettle designed in 1994 that won the Good Design Award in Japan.

Almost famous

Sori Yanagi was known more for his work than his name - just the way he wanted it.
May 9, 2015 5:50 AM

SORI Yanagi (1915-2011) was probably one of Japan's most famous designers that you would not have heard of. If this sounds like a contradiction, it is because the designer himself was loath to claim fame for himself despite having designed modern classics such as the Butterfly Stool. Designed in

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