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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery

Stool


The stackable Elephant Stool is one of the icons of post-war Japanese design. Originally made in either black or white, it was available in two heights. It was manufactured from FRP using technology pioneered by the Kotobuki Seating Company in the mid-1950s. The license for the Elephant Stool is now held by Vitra, which produces it from dyed-through polypropylene.


object details
Object Type
Brief Description
Stool, 'Elephant Stool', FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic), Japan, designed 1954 by Yanagi Sori (1915-2011), manufactured circa 1960 by Kotobuki
Gallery Label
‘Elephant Stool’ Designed 1954; manufactured about 1960-65 The stackable Elephant Stool is one of the icons of post-war Japanese design. Originally made in either black or white, it was available in two heights. It was manufactured from FRP using technology pioneered by the Kotobuki Seating Company in the mid-1950s. The license for the Elephant Stool is now held by Vitra, which produces it from dyed-through polypropylene. Designed by Sōri Yanagi (1915-2011), Tokyo Manufactured by Kotobuki Seating Co. Ltd, Tokyo FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) Museum number FE.59-2017 (01/11/2017)
Summary
The stackable Elephant Stool is one of the icons of post-war Japanese design. Originally made in either black or white, it was available in two heights. It was manufactured from FRP using technology pioneered by the Kotobuki Seating Company in the mid-1950s. The license for the Elephant Stool is now held by Vitra, which produces it from dyed-through polypropylene.

Collection
Accession Number
FE.59-2017

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record createdMarch 14, 2017
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