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Sori Yanagi was born in 1915 in Tokyo. He studied at the local art school and worked between 1940 and 1942 in the office of the designer Charlotte Perriand.
In 1952 he founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute, which over time will design, extraordinarily, numerous furniture and everyday objects. Sori Yanagi's organic-shaped designs combine western industrial design with Japan's artisanal tradition. Thus, Sori Yanagi becomes one of the most significant Japanese designers of the postwar period. In addition to furniture design lamps, glassware, cutlery, toys for children, subway stations, cars and motorcycles.
In 1977 Sori Yanagi becomes director of the Japanese Museum of Popular Art in Tokyo.
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