Beauty born not made: Sori Yanagi

29 April - 17 May 2015

Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 6pm
Lim Hak Tai Gallery
NAFA Campus 1
80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Exhibition Dates
29 April to 17 May 2015

Opening Hours
11am - 7pm
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
Free admission

About the Exhibition
The Institute of Southeast Asian Arts at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts hosts the Singapore leg of a touring exhibition which traces the life and works of prolific Japanese designer, Sori Yanagi. The retrospective celebrates the designer’s centennial, and is organized in collaboration with Singapore-based design company Industry+, together with design collective, Outofstock. The exhibition moves on to Hong Kong and Taipei after the Singapore showcase.

Featuring prototypes of his highly acclaimed designs such as the iconic Butterfly Stool and the Elephant Stool, this exhibition also presents the vast repertoire of Yanagi’s designs from public sculpture and bridges to the Olympic Torch, as well as his series of anonymous designs in prints.

The exhibition also marks the launch of ‘Essays by Sori Yanagi’, a highly anticipated account of his design philosophies available in English. These reflect the minimalism and simplicity Yanagi emphasised in his designs, as well as the form and function of his constructions that have assimilated harmoniously into our common use, popular culture and everyday life.

Fringe Activities

A: Lecture and Q&A: Design Principles of Sori Yanagi with Mr Fujita, Chief Designer, Yanagi Design Office

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 12pm
Lim Hak Tai Gallery

A lecture and Q&A session by Mr Koichi Fujita, chief designer of Yanagi Design Office, who worked alongside Sori Yanagi for many years.

Mr Fujita is expected to share valuable and rare insight into the design process of design master Sori Yanagi.

B: Beauty born not made: Sori Yanagi Exhibition Tour with Outofstock

Saturday, 9 May 2015, 2pm
Lim Hak Tai Gallery

Wendy Chua and Gustavo Maggio of Outofstock, co-curators and exhibition designers for the Singapore showcase will lead a tour of the retrospective.

RSVP on exhibition and activities:
NAFA: Ms Angeline Tan   I   6512 6141   I   [email protected]

Annex - Selected artwork


Butterfly stool

1956, Moulded plywood and metal, 39.4 x 44.1 x 30.8cm. Photo credit: Yanagi Design Office

Sori Yanagi ‘Elephant stool’

1954, Dyed-through polypropylene, 515 x 465 x 370 cm. Photo credit: Vitra

Tokyo Olympics: The Olympic torch holder 1964

Sori Yanagi designed the Tokyo Olympic Torch holder in 1964 and Sapporo Winter Olympic Torch holder in 1972. Both of them are made of a light alloy, comprising mainly of aluminium. The original specimen of the Tokyo Olympic torch holder, rarely available to public, will be showcased at the Singapore exhibition. Photo credit: Yanagi Design Office