Designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1948, the Noguchi table is the perfect balance of form and art. Simple, but sophisticated, the Noguchi Table easily melts into its surroundings, while standing out as the central piece in any room.
A Lifetime of Design
Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 and is the son of a Scottish-American writer and a Japanese poet. Though he spent his childhood in Japan, he was raised in America throughout his adolescence. While he was a pre-med student at Columbia University, Noguchi became fascinated with art. In 1927 he traveled to Paris under a Guggenheim Fellowship, where he worked in Brancusis atelier. Noguchi traveled far and wide, designing along the way. He designed visionary sets and costumes for the Martha Graham Dance Company and New York City Ballet, furniture and objects for a variety of manufacturers, the Akari lamps and myriad environments, site installations as well as large-scale public sculptures. Today, the Noguchi Garden Museum in Long Island City, New York remains as a treasury of his work.
In 1948, Isamu Noguch took wood and glass and blended them together to make one of the most iconic tables to date. The graceful, organically shaped coffee table, known as the Noguchi Table, has become perhaps his most well-known furniture design. Noguchi himself said it was his greatest furniture success. The table features a three piece construction: a free-form, ¾” plate-glass top resting on two curved, solid wood legs that interlock to form a tripod for self-stabilizing support. A single pin holds the two legs together, forming a table that almost seems to defy gravity.
Isamu Noguchi’s wide range of work has shaped spaces around the world, with the Noguchi Coffee Table as the centerpiece. The Noguchi table is perfectly poised. It’s delicate but durable. Gravity defying but sturdy. Its rounded edges and organic shape create a harmonious design that has a timeless appeal. It’s a classic combination of art and function, a delightful design that’s sculptural, and functional too.
Rachel is one of the Merchandise Managers for YLiving with a long career in merchandising and is thrilled to finally be working through a channel that supports her passion for modern design. As a mother of two toddlers, she is practical, design driven in her decisions with furnishing her home and tempted daily with the endless options of home upgrades.