Sori Yanagi was the son of Soetsu Yanagi, who founded the mingei (folk craft) movement in Japan in the late 1920s-1930s. An artist, Sori Yanagi trained in industrial design and was a pioneer figure in the modern Japanese design movement. He was employed in Charlotte Perriand’s studio in Paris, where he learnt about European modernism. Yanagi cofounded the Japanese Industrial Designers Association in 1952 and in the same year, opened his design studio in Tokyo.
He conflated Japanese tradition with modern western design precepts such as in his most memorable design- the Butterfly Stool (1956; Jitter Stool), which displays overt Japanese aesthetics and is an achievement in molded plywood. It possesses an elegant tactile quality and the rippled seat and base are reminiscent of the roofs of Japanese temples. The beautiful grain of the rosewood is showcased and further accentuated by the stool’s simple 2-piece form that resembles a butterfly’s open wings. The shape of the butterfly stool has also been likened to that of a Shinto shrine gateway or that of an antique samurai helmet. Yanagi’s butterfly stool is a new form that was birthed from a marriage of old and new, and Western and Japanese ideas The stool is featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
His works reflect Yanagi’s way of thinking: “True beauty is not made, it is born naturally.”
Furniture designs that have shaped 20th century design continue to endure and be very recognizable, thanks to film and television. These iconic, celebrated designs still fit into today’s decor world as naturally and utterly as they did mid-20th century.
An easy way to immediately add thoughtful flair to your bedroom is the addition of furniture at the foot of your bed. Don’t worry, it won’t clutter your bedroom; in fact, it’ll add both storage space and personality to your decor. The choices you have aren’t just limited to a chest or trunk at the end of your bed either. A pretty slat low bench gives you a place to sit and read in your sanctum as well as use it as a book bench for those books. It’s also dead handy to put your linens down on when you are changing bed sheets or even to keep your extra blankets on.
Fiberglass is plastic that is reinforced by fine glass fibers or strands embedded in a resin matrix.
Fiberglass is a fascinatingly beautiful, durable and sustainable material that has been touted as the lumber of the future. Its vibrant aesthetics, versatility and beguiling tactility have bestowed upon the material a sort of casual but hardy connoisseurship that endures.
Fiberglass is lightweight, extremely robust, low-maintenance, UV-resistant, nonporous and chemically inert, which means that it will not react with other substances that it comes in contact with. The strength properties of fiberglass actually surpass that of heavier steel. It also holds its shape and color over its lifetime and has excellent impact and scratch resistance. Little wonder then that it is a favorite material for furniture. Fiberglass has a very comfortable finish and also takes on even more depth as it wears in, showing more complexity as compared to other plastics that merely look hazed and dull over time and scratches. Cleaning fiberglass chairs is as easy as wiping them down.