New from Nori Morimoto

By Jamie Waugh / Published by Dwell
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Wind whispering through pines, birds serenading their young, and endless snowfall drifts courting banks of streams: these Vermont vignettes are what Chinese-born designer Nori Morimoto cites as inspirations for his work with local woods. After working as a designer in New York since his collaborations with Isamu Noguchi in the mid-60s, his recent works don't disappoint.

His Wave Pendant Lamp is a circle of hard maple slats that allow light to subtly penetrate with an ambient glow. His Otokoto music boxes are refined and playful: small, spalted-maple shapes that fit in the palm of your hand like an apple and play Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, for example. His tables are reminiscent of George Nakashima, with wood that even in its cut and designed form retains the essence of the living tree in its undulations and perfect imperfections.

Morimoto's roots are those of a carpenter–he has a self-proclaimed goal to stand on the edge of the forest and translate its secrets to the world.


Jamie Waugh


After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.

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