Sori Yanagi / Tendo Co. Ltd. / Japanese Crafts “Butterfly” Stool c.1956
Sori Yanagi (1915-2012), Japan
Tendo Co. Ltd., Japan
Butterfly stool, 1956.
Bleached rosewood veneer on plywood with brass.
H: 15” x W: 16 ½” x D: 12”
This model can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The Japanese designer Sori Yanagi is best known for his 1956 Butterfly Stool. It is both elegant and utterly simple: two curved pieces of molded plywood are held together through compression and tension by a single brass rod. The stool’s graceful shape recalls a butterfly’s wings, and has also been compared to the form of torii, the traditional Shinto shrine gates. He loved traditional Japanese crafts and was dedicated to the modernist principles of simplicity, practicality and tactility that are associated with Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, and Le Corbusier.”
Yanagi, who studied architecture and art at Tokyo’s Academy of Fine Art, was inspired by the work of Le Corbusier and by the designer Charlotte Perriand, with whom he worked in the early 1940s, while she was in Tokyo as the arts and crafts adviser to the Japanese Board of Trade. But perhaps the most indelible influence on Yanagi was that of his father, Soetsu Yanagi, who led the “mingei” movement, which celebrated Japanese folk craft and the beauty of everyday objects, and who founded the Nihon Mingeikan (or Japanese Folk Crafts Museum) in Tokyo. Yanagi fils, who was named director of the museum in 1977, succinctly described his design aesthetic in a 2002 interview in The Japan Times: “I try to create things that we human beings feel are useful in our daily lives. During the process, beauty is born naturally.” Throughout his life, Sori Yanagi was inspired by what he called “anonymous design” — he cited the Jeep and a baseball glove as two examples — and he in turn inspired younger designers, like Naoto Fukasawa, Tom Dixon and Jasper Morrison.
Dong or Meow People / Spiral silver counterweight 20th Century
DONG OR MEOW PEOPLE Southern China
Spiral counterweight early 20th century
Handwrought silver (Dutch coin silver) with custom stand
H: 10 ¼” x W: 5 1/4” x D: 2 ¾” (dimensions on stand)
These beautifully dynamic spiral objects were worn on the back to support a ceremonial apron worn across the front.
Andy Warhol, “Andy Warhol: Published on the Occasion of The Andy Warhol Exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm February to March 1968” 1970
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) New York, NY
“Andy Warhol: Published on the Occasion of The Andy Warhol Exhibition at Moderna Museet in Stockholm February to March 1968” 1970
Published by Moderna Museet Stockholm, Boston Book and Art, Boston, MA, 1970. Printed in Sweden.
Book: H: 10 3/4” x W: 8 5/16”
Custom leather box: H: 12 1/8” x W: 9 7/16” x D: 2”
Custom cloth case: H: 13” x W: 10” x D: 2 11/16”
One of the rarest of Warhol exhibition catalogs. This is the 3rd edition of the catalog that was published for a major exhibition of the late artists work that was held in Stockholm. There is no text except for some of Warhol’s famous quotes and 100’s of black & white photos of his work and wonderful photos of his superstars, life and work at the factory and stills and candids from his influential underground films. The covers are illustrated with full color photos of his famous flower silk screens.