26 Dec '11, 3am

Japanese designer of arty kitchenware Sori Yanagi dies

Japanese designer of arty kitchenware Sori Yanagi dies

Sori Yanagi, whose designs for stools and kitchen pots brought the simplicity and purity of Japanese decor into the everyday, has died. He was 96. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO (AP) - Sori Yanagi, whose designs for stools and kitchen pots brought the simplicity and purity of Japanese decor into the everyday, has died. He was 96. The pioneer of Japan's industrial design died of pneumonia in a Tokyo hospital on Sunday, Koichi Fujita of Yanagi Design Office said Monday. Yanagi's curvaceous 'butterfly stool' won an award at La Triennale di Milano, a prestigious art event, in 1957, and he rose to international stature. The work later joined the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Funeral arrangements are not being disclosed because the ceremony is for family and close friends. He is survived by his wife Fumiko and four children.

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