“I try to create things that we human beings feel are useful in our daily lives. During the process, beauty is born naturally.”
Yanagi’s Butterfly Chair won the gold medal at the Milan Triennial in 1957 and is part of the permanent collections of the MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre museum.
In 2018 the Japan Design Committee organized an exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Butterfly Chair. This exhibition was held at the Matsuya Department Store, where Yanagi had presented the chair for the first time in 1956.
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The gentle curves of two inverted L-shaped sections of smooth molded plywood create a deceptively simple and elegant stool. The seating is comfortable thanks to the effortless slope of the superior quality shaped wood. Used as a side table, a stool or a stand-alone piece of design, it is as beautiful as it is comfortable, regardless of the purpose.
Frame: Molded plywood with a lacquer finish
Rod & Fittings: Stainless steel
Height: 39 cm
Width: 42 cm
Carrying weight: 120kg
Weight as shipped: 4 kg
Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Clean the surface periodically with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Liquid spills should be immediately dabbed dry and wiped off. Make sure that your wood veneer furniture is not positioned close to heat sources, so that it does not dry out and become brittle. We recommend that wood veneer products should not be exposed to intense sunlight for prolonged periods of time as ultra-violet rays may eventually damage the finish.
Do not use an abrasive material on the wood veneer.
Do not use an abrasive material on the metal. Clean the item with a mild detergent and water. Dilute in the mild detergent in water so it is not too harsh on the metal. You can dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in the solution or a non-abrasive pad and use it to scrub off any residue or dirt on the item. Scrub the item with a soft toothbrush or a non-abrasive pad. Dry any residual moisture with a soft, dry cloth.