According to Offecct, Yanagihara also had the French mille-feuille pastry in mind when he designed Sou, which is shown in its layered fabric.
"My idea was to start with the sofa's most basic parts and let the different shapes and functions overlap in layers," said Yanagihara.
"For me, it's about how the sofa is designed but also the fact that it can have different uses and expressions – depending on how you choose to combine the different layers."
Following both the Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions, Yanagihara strived to reduce rather than add to the product to create a timeless and sustainable piece.
The Sou sofa is available with a solid ash wood frame in either white or black.
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