Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Kettle
A beautiful, timeless and practical tea pot created by one of Japan's most renowned industrial designers: Sori Yanagi. The kettle is Yanagi's best-selling design in his homeland with more than half a million kettles sold yearly in Japan alone. It was also the recipient of Japan's Good Design Award in 1998 for exceptional design and functionality. Compatible with all cook surfaces including induction ranges.
Stainless Steel. Made in Japan.
Measures 22cm x 22cm x 12cm / 8.5" x 8.5" x 4.75" (handle down)
Born in Tokyo in 1915, Sori Yanagi attended art school in the city and worked from 1940 to 1942 in the office of renowned French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand. In 1952, he founded the Yanagi Industrial Design Institute, which would created a staggering number of articles designed for daily life over the years to come. Sori Yanagi’s organic forms combine western industrial designs with Japan’s native artisanal traditions; this successful synthesis made Sori Yanagi one of the most significant Japanese designers of the post-war era. Yanagi's best known design is the 1954 "Butterfly" stool, made of two curvilinear bent plywood pieces. The "Butterfly" owes its name to its graceful symmetrical form akin to that of a butterfly opening its wings. In addition to furniture, Sori Yanagi also designed lighting, glass objects, cutlery, children's toys, metro stations, cars, motorcycles and – of course – this iconic tea kettle.
In 1977, Sori Yanagi was named director of the Japanese Folk Art Museum in Tokyo. He died in Tokyo in 2011.