Following his apprenticeship with the legendary Constantin Brancusi, sculptor Isamu Noguchi began to experiment in environmental design, theatrical sets – he was the only designer that choreographer Martha Graham would work with – and, eventually, product design. He created his first furniture prototypes for Herman Miller in 1942 and went on to work with companies such as Steuben and Zenith. The Noguchi Table (1948) conceals nothing, revealing everything about the nature of simplicity. Two smoothly shaped pieces of solid wood interlock to form a tripod that supports a thick slab of transparent glass. The base is available in black, walnut, natural cherry and white ash, the latter of which is finished with a process that arrests the wood in its freshly cut state, resulting in a creamy white color that will not turn yellow over time. This is the authentic Noguchi Table by Herman Miller. Made in U.S.A.
Solid wood base in Noguchi black, walnut, natural cherry or white ash; 0.75" thick glass.
Perhaps more than any other midcentury master, Isamu Noguchi blurred lines between the public and the personal, between art and design. His career was defined by experimenting, learning and creating. "You can find out how to do something and then do it," he said, "or do something and then find out what you did."
Born in Los Angeles to an American mother and Japanese father, Noguchi lived in Japan until the age of 13. While later studying pre-med at Columbia, he took night classes in sculpture and found his true calling. "Everything is sculpture," he asserted. "Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture." In 1927, he left for Paris to study with sculptor Constantin Brâncuși for two years, which led him to embrace modernism and abstraction. Read more >