Tendo Mokko Butterfly Stool

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Considered to be the magnum opus of Japanese designer Sori Yanagi, this elegant Butterfly Stool uniquely combines Japanese aesthetics with modern Western materials. Produced by Tendo Mokko, a Japanese furniture maker well-known for their excellent quality.

Formed by using the pressed plywood molding technique invented by Charles and Ray Eames, the concept of symmetry is beautifully embodied in the joined wings of Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool. The gently curved silhouette of the two seats conveys the image of the wings of a butterfly, or the torii gates of a Shinto shrine. First designed and manufactured in 1954, it is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre Museum, among other museums worldwide.