Friday, October 2, 2009

Design Friday: Noguchi Table

The Noguchi Table is our subject for today's Design Friday.

This table was designed by Japanese-American Isamu Noguchi in 1947, and is one of his most well known works.
Trained as a sculptor, Noguchi approached all of his works as such- to shape space. He believed, "everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space I consider sculpture."

This particular piece was created for Herman Miller. It is modified from a table he had designed for English designer, Robsjohn-Gibbings, who allegedly slightly changed the design and claimed it as his own.

This happens to be my favorite coffee table of all time. I love its sculptural form, its simplicity, and the different shapes it takes on from different angles. It is a functional way to introduce art into a room. It's significant to me that something produced 62 years ago is still very much in style. You can see in the picture on the right, that this table is pretty versatile. It's as home here in this rustic/traditional architecture, as it would be in a more minimalist home. (Extra credit if you can name the black chair in the background!).



  1. That table would look great underneath my Faberge Egg!

  2. Mike-
    Okay. Now I think you're stretching its versatility. And how on earth do you know what a Faberge egg is?