Sori Yanagi was born in Japan in 1915 and he is still an active designer. Yanagi enjoys great respect in the design world and has been a source of inspiration to many of his colleagues. Sori Yanagi had a significant influence on the establishment and development of the Japanese industrial design tradition. His work spans impressive widths: from industrial products, such as furniture, porcelain, kitchen utensils, to architecture and urban development. Twice, Sori Yanaga has been given the honour of designing the Olympic cauldron for Japan. One of Sori Yanagi's most famous works is the Butterfly chair from 1957. When he visited Charles and Ray Eames in the late 1940s, he learned about new materials and methods such as wood. The Butterfly chair, the cutlery and the porcelain are part of the permanent collections at many museums, including MOMA in New York and Louvre in Paris.