“Design is so simple. That’s why it’s so complicated.” –Paul Rand

UNESCO GardenParis, France

Noguchi described the spirit of the garden he designed for UNESCO as coming from Japan but the composition of granite, concrete, and wood distinctly his own. The 1958 commission marked his first large-scale public garden design.
The late, prolific Japanese-American artist and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi was the subject of photographer Richard Schulman's last black and white photo. Says Schulman, "We were like water and oil in his studio, but when it came time for him to choose from thousands of images for a mini Pace Gallery retrospective, he chose this image. One of my proudest moments." See more of Schulman's photos here. (Pin)
Cyclone Table (1954)Hans Knoll saw this playful design, initially meant as a stool, and immediately recast it as a chair and set it up with the Bertoia Wire Chair. The eye of the storm is formed with a cylindrical group of metal rods. Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
Bamboo Chair (1950)A prototype that was recreated from photos, this lost design came out of a collaboration between Noguchi and Japanese design Isamu Kenmochi. Noguchi laid out the curved metal forms while Kenmochi’s weaving skills led to the flowering base and curved backrest. Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
Zenith Night Nurse (1937)An early Noguchi side-project encased in then cutting-edge Bakelite, the biomorphic Night Nurse was ostensibly the first baby monitor. Supposedly, the Lindbergh kidnapping inspired Zenith President Eugene F. McDonald Jr. to greenlight development of a listening device for caregivers. The side reads “Designed by Noguchi.” Photo courtesy: Collections of The Henry Ford
Noguchi Coffee Table (1944)A Herman Miller classic, modernist icon and Tumblr inspiration, this three-piece table is the epitome of simple, focused design. Initially made in 1939 for MoMA president A Conger. Goodyear, Noguchi’s work in ebonized walnut remains a touchstone. “Even the first table I made for Conger Goodyear was not exactly utilitarian,” he said. “I thought of it as sculpture that was a table. After all, you can say that the earth is a table. We feast upon it. You can also say that it is utilitarian, this earth.” Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
Freeform Sofa (1946)Noguchi’s fixation on organic shapes is evident in this fluid piece of furniture, a soft, warm and inviting seat with a matching ottoman with matching contours. Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
The California ScenarioCosta Mesa, California

Noguchi's abstract composition completed in 1982 features elements representing the Golden State's diverse ecosystems: mountains, redwoods, rivers, deserts, and meadows. The 1.6-acre sculpture garden open to the public and visiting information is located 

Laminated Wooden Table (1941) While Noguchi’s other tables are certainly more famous, this unique piece, a gift to Philip L. Goodwin, who designed the MoMA building, showcases the forms and curves found in his sculpture at the time. Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
Heralded as a cultural landmark when completed in 1979, the plaza features a sculptural fountain designed by Noguchi. For more on the plaza, Docomomo offers a good history.
The teahouse is lit by Isamu Noguchi’s classic mid-century Akari 1AS lamp.
Noguchi Rudder Table (1949)A wooden vessel resting on a pair of metal hairpin legs, this Herman Miller design exhibits a functional finesse and a surf-like, 1950s feel. Reintroduced last year, the tabletop has the same shape as Noguchi’s iconic coffee table. Photo courtesy of The Noguchi Museum, New York.
A 400-foot-long, 60-foot-wide promenade culminating in a fountain offers pedestrian access from busy Biscayne Boulevard to the waterfront.
Bayfront ParkMiami, Florida

When the city of Miami commissioned Noguchi to redesign Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida, the area was underutilized. "The idea was that it would be a park for people—not an escape from the city, but a place to go to, a place for congregation," Noguchi said about the design. It features a 20,000-seat amphitheater, rock gardens, ample vegetation, and an esplanade.
In the living room, an Akari lamp by Isamu Noguchi sits atop a coffee table Hale made and next to a collage of Maisie and Pippa’s paintings. Like most of the furniture in the house, the couch, coffee table, and side table were made by Hale or his close colleagues, often in his favorite material: plywood.
Isamu Noguchi, pictured here in 1960 with his Akari floor lamps.
This biomorphic, space-age ceiling was designed by Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, in the building of the American Stove Company, designed by architect Harris Armstrong.
Philip A. Hart Plaza and Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial FountainDetroit, Michigan

Located on the banks of the Windsor River, the Philip A. Hart Plaza was designed by architecture firm Smith, Hinchman & Grylls with the help of Isamu Noguchi.