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The YANAGI SORI DESIGN MEMORIAL, opened in Kanazawa in March 2014.

Sori Yanagi (1915-2011) was one of the most significant Japanese designers of the post-war era. He designed many products from furniture, porcelain and kitchen utensils to cars and pedestrian bridges. One of his most famous pieces is the Butterfly Stool, which is in the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York.

Yanagi was also passionate about teaching design, and he lectured at many educational institutions including Kanazawa College of Art.

The YANAGI SORI DESIGN MEMORIAL was established as a center for design education and research by Kanazawa College of Art. It is open to the public, displaying many of Yanagi’s pieces still in production today.

The exhibition room recreates actual living/dining rooms and a kitchen, and allows visitors to sit on the stools and pick up objects such as the stainless steel tea kettles and porcelain cups. There are no explanations, and visitors are encouraged to explore Yanagi’s aesthetic sense through his creations.

The YANAGI SORI DESIGN MEMORIAL
Address: 2-12-1 Owari-cho Kanazawa
Open: 9:30-17:00
Closed: Mondays and National holidays
*Admission free