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Sori Yanagi
Tokyo, Japan
Sori Yanagi was born in 1915 in Tokyo, Japan. Yanagi's designs have a distinct focus on simple and beautiful craftsmanship. His products illustrate his thinking: true beauty is not made, it is born naturally. When he created a new product, he made the first versions over and over by hand, seeking new forms that took shape from both new and old ideas. His iconic Butterfly Stool can be found in the MoMA permanent collection.