Monday, March 14, 2016

Mid-Century Modern March: Isamu Noguchi Cocktail Table

Isamu Nogchi was a multi-disciplinary Modernist master. Born in Los Angeles in 1904 to a Japanese father and white mother, Noguchi grew up in Japan until he was 13. During these formative years, he must have absorbed the respect and love of craft and form. He studied art and sculpture (with Constantin Brâncuși among others!) and created a vast body of work ranging from environmental design and sculptural gardens to product design to children's playgrounds to furniture design to sets for choreographers Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and George Balanchine, and composer John Cage. “Everything is sculpture,” Noguchi said. “Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.”

In 1947, he began working for Herman Miller and a year later, created his iconic cocktail (or coffee) table of two identical curved wood pieces and a glass top. Breathtaking in its simplicity, the biomorphic shape is truly a piece of sculpture for the home.

The table is available through Design Within Reach, here.
Visit the Noguchi website for more information about the sculptor and visiting the Noguchi Museum.

Happy designing!

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