Noguchi Tables

Written by Sarah Provost
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Noguchi tables represent the epitome of elegant simplicity. Two curved pieces of wood interlock to form a stable yet visually open base, topped by a sinuous curve of glass. Equally appropriate for the sophisticated home and office environment, Noguchi tables are as much art as furniture.

Today's Noguchi tables derive from Isamu Noguchi's 1939 design, originally created for the president of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Though the creation of such a classic piece of furniture would be a major accomplishment for most, it was very much a secondary interest for Noguchi. His work was mostly focused on the creation of gardens, public art and monumental sculptures.

Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904, spent his childhood in Japan, then returned to America for his high school education. He entered Columbia University, but soon dropped out to pursue his art full-time. Among his works are a bridge for Hiroshima's Peace Park, a sunken garden for the Rare Book Library at Yale, gardens for the Chase Manhattan Bank and IBM's national headquarters and most notably, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in New York City. He also designed sets for many of Martha Graham's productions.

Find Noguchi Tables Online

Excellent reproductions of the original Noguchi table are available on the Web. Bases can be chosen from ebonized ash or natural walnut. Whether you are choosing furnishings for your home or your office, this sophisticated design will be a stunning focal point.

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