Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool


Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool

$129each$24948% off
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High Quality Materials, 5-Year Warranty, Hand-Crafted

Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool

The Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool is truly one of a kind. Simple lines give this stool a clean, minimalist look as its sculptural silhouette instantly captivates. The Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool is a high quality reproduction of the original created by Sori Yanagi in 1954. With the Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool, you can own your own version of this admired modern classic at a price you can afford.

Sori Yanagi founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute in 1952, and in 1954 designed the Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool. Its name comes from its graceful form, which harmoniously links Japanese sensitivity with modern materials. This captivating design won the gold medal at the Milan Triennial in 1957.

The Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool is made of bent layered plywood in your choice of finish. It features solid brass hardware, and offers a look that's sure to be admired. This high quality reproduction offers impeccable accuracy and attention to detail, and is sure to impress even the most selective fans of modern design.


  • Simple, sculptural design blends everyday function with minimalist modern style
  • Accurate reproduction of Sori Yanagi's original 1954 design
  • Clean lines and a graceful butterfly-like shape combines Japanese sensitivity with tough, modern construction
  • Smooth, curved seat ensures optimal comfort and support
  • Made from bent layered plywood with veneer for reliable strength and durability
  • Solid brass hardware, including a stretcher in the base, adds dynamic contrast while reinforcing strength
  • Available in your choice of veneer and finish combination to ensure a perfect match to your home's decor


Seat Height13.5"
Warranty2 Year Limited Warranty
What's Included(1) Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool
Shipping MethodSmall Parcel (UPS / FedEx)
AssemblyShips Fully Assembled

Product Reviews: Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool

24 Reviews
67% (16)
25% (6)
8% (2)
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79% Recommend this product (19 of 24 responses)
By Sharon
Review for Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool
February 1, 2021
nice piece and love it !
By Stephen
Wilder, Idaho
Review for Yanagi Bentwood Butterfly Stool
February 1, 2021
I really like these bench’s much, at least I liked the idea much. I ordered three of them and waited the weeks and weeks until they were back in stock. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely, these little stoolies aren’t perfect in a couple of ways, but for the money I think they are almost adequate.

What are the couple ways these benches aren’t perfect? The first is their size. They have a children’s furniture feel to them which devalues them, unfortunate. Increasing their height by about 2 ? inches, and enlarging them overall proportionally would have transformed these little stoolies into real statement quality furniture. Enlarging these would have propelled this design into Noguchi-ish interesting works. The second star-robbing aspect of these little stoolies is the quality of manufacturing. Rather than delivering a “10” level of workmanship, these are in the 7 ? range. Their biggest manufacturing fault is in the fairness of the bends. There are unsightly and distracting highs and lows in the bends rather than the smooth, fair, transitions expected. The veneer bending is nowhere close to those seen in Aemes bent veneer designs, or even the 1950s Sears and Roebuck kitchen chair bent veneers. but could have been with closer attention to the bending presses and jigs in manufacture.

So why four stars rather than the two or three the pieces actually warrant? Price! These were definitely priced a bit higher than the quality should allow, but not so much higher than to require returning to IMOD, just high enough to cause a little disappointment sting. I would not recommend these to a friend, i’d Show him a stoolie first and let him decide. Caution needed if you are thinking of a purchase.
By Bob
Los Angeles
Looks good, little flimsy
February 21, 2020
I bought two as additional seating on an as needed basis. They look good. The wood is a little light weight. My brother has real ones, and you can really tell the difference. His are sturdier. Not sure if a large person should sit on these. They look nice. Arrived assembled and in very good condition
By Karen
San Antonio, TX
January 22, 2020
They are special! Functional artwork if you ask me! Thank ya!
By Molly
Temecula, CA
classic design new home
January 6, 2020
Surprised this design came out of the 1950s because it looks so good in a contemporary setting! First time buying from here and absolutely no issues whatsoever.
By Tara
LaJolla, CA
minimalist maverick
December 26, 2019
Gorgeous stools...THANKS!
By Heike
Boston, MA
great style
December 6, 2019
This is the only site I've found that has these stools for this price and trust me, I was searching high and low for them after seeing them in a neighbors house They are incredibly simple yet eye-catching at the same time. They really are my favorite furniture purchase of this year. They are high-quality, sturdy and attractive. I definitely recommend them!
By Steve
Los Angeles
Looks better then the sales photo!
July 10, 2019
I am loving my Butterfly Stool! I special ordered the white oak wood option - it took about 3 months but so worth the wait! It really is a piece of art at such an affordable price!

Steve K
Nice Addition
April 9, 2019
This looks very nice in our space. I'm glad I have it.
By Julie
Johnstown, PA
beautiful piece
January 14, 2019
One of the best furniture purchases I've ever made - an excellent choice, I highly recommend!
Short Hills
Beautiful but....
December 23, 2018
This is a great design piece but not functional. It's not durable and very pliable.
By Patricia
thanks again !
July 11, 2018
interesting style, beautiful finish, always love everything I order from this site
By Abby
Los Angeles, CA
genius design
June 15, 2018
marvelous, breathtaking, everything I wanted!!
By Valerie
Palm Springs, CA
i thought it would never come!
June 15, 2018
It finally arrived after weeks of waiting, it is perfect but jeez!
By Carole
St. Johns, MI
attractive and strong!
May 22, 2018
Supportive stool! It's miraculous what that metal bar in the center can do as far as stability and strength - I am by no means the lightest person and I feel completely secure sitting on it! Design was the eye catcher - support was the deal sealer!
By Renate
Cape Coral, FL
beautiful modern japanese style
March 12, 2018
I designed my living room in modern Japanese style - but added my own take to it, i used these stools as dining room seating for a table I had custom built at a specific height whereas in traditional Japanese style seating is on right on floor - i was pleasantly surprised when I found these on inmod - they turned out to be the right fit in every way possible from height, to style, to comfort
By Trang
Mason, OH
impressive curves, strong build
January 18, 2018
Impressive curves on the seat design and the base feels very stable - it's comfortable and well-built!
By Ewa
Miami Beach, FL
excellent especially for japanese inspired motif
December 25, 2017
Stunning design, i ordered two for my apartment, i have a japanese inspired design motif so they were very fitting for the space
By Ronald
New York, NY
good choice
December 25, 2017
Makes good extra seating, beautiful design
By Sheila
Lenexa, KS
great as side tables too!
August 2, 2017
I ordered two as side tables, they have a masculine appeal but the curves give it an elegant form, i absolutely adore them!
By Paulette
Avon, CT
unique, versatile design
June 19, 2017
Using this currently as a side table but can't wait to use as extra seating for when guests come over! Very unique design! I love the look!
By El
New Haven
A very good price!
May 1, 2017
I really love this stool, a very classic and decorative furniture. The price is cheap and the quality good. I recommend it.
By p
Philadelphia, Pa
March 28, 2017
I was delighted to find this gorgeous reproduction of the original Yanagi piece. All of the design elements are there. It is lovely in person.
  • can be used for a seat or a side table
By Peggy
West Palm Beach, FL
Product delivered as promised
March 28, 2017
I wanted one of these Butterfly Stools and it was difficult to find one that combined quality with a reasonable price. This product did it though and I highly recommend it.

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Questions & Answers

3 Questions & 3 Answers
from Washington, DC asked:
December 8, 2019
How much weight can this stool support? 
1 Answer
The weight capacity for this item should be no more than 200 pounds.
Submitted by: Briana on December 12, 2019

from Los Angeles asked:
July 3, 2019
Is each side 16.5 Inches or is it 16.5 inches total ?? 
1 Answer
The total width of this stool is 16.5 inches. The depth is 12 inches.
Submitted by: Customer Service on July 5, 2019

from Brooklyn asked:
September 10, 2018
Hi! Do you have a picture of the white oak finish?
1 Answer
We do not have a photo of the White Oak available at this time, but we are able to send a wood sample of the White Oak in the mail, free of charge. You may email your request to [email protected]
Submitted by: Customer Service on September 10, 2018

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