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Design Icon: Isamu Noguchi

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One of the most idiosyncratic artists of the 20th century, Japanese-American designer and sculptor Isamu Noguchi fashioned a future of organic shapes and clean lines, an elegant fusion of trends and traditions. A restless thinker, world traveler and collaborator, Noguchi’s eclectic career covered so much ground, just a fragment—set design with dance icon Martha Graham or his public artworks and sculptures—would make for a distinguished career. Here we examine some of his iconic furniture and interior designs.

Zenith Night Nurse (1937)An early Noguchi side-project encased in then cutting-edge Bakelite, the biomorphic Night…
Laminated Wooden Table (1941) While Noguchi’s other tables are certainly more famous, this unique piece, a gift to…
Noguchi Coffee Table (1944)A Herman Miller classic, modernist icon and Tumblr inspiration, this three-piece table is…
Noguchi Rudder Table (1949)A wooden vessel resting on a pair of metal hairpin legs, this Herman Miller design exhibits…
Akari Light Sculptures (1951)The mayor of the Japanese town of Gifu asked the famed designer for help—his town’s…
Freeform Sofa (1946)Noguchi’s fixation on organic shapes is evident in this fluid piece of furniture, a soft, warm and…
Prismatic Table (1957)A crisp, geometric departure from his standard suite of organic forms, Noguchi’s Prismatic Table…
Cyclone Table (1954)Hans Knoll saw this playful design, initially meant as a stool, and immediately recast it as a…
Bamboo Chair (1950)A prototype that was recreated from photos, this lost design came out of a collaboration between…
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