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Vitra Design Museum - Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi



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Vitra Vitra Design Museum - Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi

Originally designed in 1954, the elegant Elephant Stool was not only one of the most famous post-war Japanese designs, but it is still as convincing as ever with its style and great functionality. Vitra has now reissued this timeless stool in a recyclable polypropylene. Suitable for indoors, balconies and gardens, the stacking stool can even be used as an easy-to-transport picnic stool. Considered to be one of the leading pioneers of Japanese industrial design, Sori Yanagi's design represents a perfect synthesis of Japanese sensitivity and Western design. Two of Yanagi's best known designs are the ''Butterfly'' and ''Elephant Stool.'' Sori Yanagi also designed lighting, glass objects, cutlery, and children's toys. ''We worked for a year-and-a-half with Yanagi because we had to do some engineering work on the stool. The challenge was to bring it up to today's technical standards without changing the original design. The good thing was that Yanagi who is now 88 years old helped us keep a balance.'' -Eckart Maise, Managing Director, Products Division, Vitra Design Museum Designed by: Sori Yanagi, 1954

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  • Recyclable polypropylene
  • Stackable stool
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use

Product Details:

  • Pattern: Solid
  • Style: Modern
  • Frame Material: Plastic
  • Outdoor Use: Yes
  • Swivel: No
  • Backed: No
  • Eco-Friendly: No
  • Assembly Required: No
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  • Overall: 14.5" H x 20" W x 18.25" D

Vitra Vitra Design Museum - Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi

Weights & Dimensions

  • Overall: 14.5" H x 20" W x 18.25" D
  • Seat: 14.5" H x 18.25" W


Frame Finish: BlackPattern: Solid
Style: ModernHardware Finish: Brass
Frame Material: Plastic
  • Frame Material Details: Polypropylene
Number of Items Included: 1
Solid Wood Construction: NoOutdoor Use: Yes
Upholstered: NoNailhead Trim: No
Hand Painted: NoStorage Space Included: No
Swivel: NoBase Type: Legs
Backed: NoCommercial Use: Yes
Eco-Friendly: NoCountry of Manufacture: Germany


Assembly Required: NoAdditional Parts Required: No


Product Warranty: 5 Years 

“Hello, can this be used as a step stool?” asked by Steve

"Hello Steve, yes, you can certainly use the Elephant Stool by Vitra as a step stool if you'd like to." Ageta from Wayfair

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The Vitra Design Museum - Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi is a Modern style product. Modern style is very sleek with clean lines, and generally incorporates high gloss using whites, greys, and blacks. A focus on geometry and angular shapes is a hallmark of modern design. Glass and leather are also seen a lot with modern style. You can shop for more Modern Accent Stools in the Living section of our site.

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About the Manufacturer

Founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, Vitra has been the retailer of the works of many internationally renowned furniture designers. Throughout those 50 years Vitra has had one goal: to make the place of work as appealing, productive, and healthy as possible. Vitra furniture can be found in countless successful companies and organizations, as well as in the homes of many private individuals with an affinity for design.

Convinced that rooms and interior design have a decisive influence on people's motivation, performance, and health, Vitra has made it their mission to develop furniture and furnishing systems that stimulate, inspire, and motivate, while also offering the body comfort, safety, and support. In order to attain this goal, Vitra has worked with their specialized team and renowned designers. Over the years, Vitra has exemplified that they are not afraid to experiment with new and bold ideas and eagerly anticipate and look forward to facing the new challenges of the world of work.

Vitra is vigorously persistent in creating products of the highest quality. Once in the factory, the Vitra staff manufactures the furniture to precise standards, individually ensuring the quality of each product. The focus on quality does not end at the factory door. Providing clients with premier service is just as important as manufacturing furniture. In order to further ensure the high quality in all Vitra products, Vitra has set up their own test center which monitors products against criteria that are far more stringent than the statutory standards.


  • 1991 Design Prize Switzerland
  • 1994 Corporate Design Award, iF Industrie Forum Design Hannover
  • 1994 European Community Design Award
  • 1998 "German Prize for Communications Design" for the multi-media efforts of Vitra, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
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Vitra Design Museum - Elephant Stool by Sori Yanagi is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 210 020 02, 210 020 03, 210 020 04, 21003030