Sori Yanagi was a Japanese product designer who was active in the high-growth period in Japan. He developed Japanese modern design. His kitchen product design series was started from stainless cutlery in 1974 and expanded to kettles, pans and bowls.
His designing process started from making a gypsum mold and then make a prototype based on it. Then he would continuously use the item and make corrections for errors until he found it is easy to use. Finally he would draw a plan and move to production. There are many fans of his product in Japan because it's easy use and high quality.
One of his well-known, signature design work of art is the "Butterfly Stool" and MOMA in NY and Louvre museum in PARIS showcase his original stools as his masterpiece. It looks very unique, like a butterfly extending its wings and also has a simple, comfortable design with details for everyone. It's made of wood but has a natural curve which fits well when you sit down. In addition, many people love it because that simple design fits in any rooms easily.
His design concept is beauty in simplicity and additional small ideas that functions for friendly-use. All his designed cookware has these elements. As most of his cookware looks very simple, you may not tell the differences or benefits when you compare with similar cooking items, but almost all users will say that once you use SORI YANAGI designed cookware, you cannot go back to using others because of the high quality and user-friendliness. Some people say cookware is just cookware for daily use and they don't mind its quality. However, his popular cookware, such as Nambu Tekki cast iron pots & pans, kettles, kitchen knives and bowl/strainers are perfectly designed and made in Japan by true craftsmen. You can use Sori Yanagi cookware for many years and you will love Japan-made quality and his original design concepts.
Let's take look at his amazing cookware and try using some!