Classics: Isamu Noguchi's Coffee Table

 

Design : Isamu Noguchi

Coffee table in ashwood in a black, white, cherry or walnut stain. Top in plate glass.

HISTORY
In 1939, Noguchi designed an "articulated table" for A. Conger Goodyear who was then President of the New York Museum of Modern Art. This large biomorphic table carved in rosewood is now owned by the New York Institute of Technology of Old Westbury, New York. In his autobiography, Noguchi tells us that he gave a  model of the articulated table to Robsjohn-Gibbings with whom he had planned to work on a mass produced version. However, in 1945, while Noguchi was working as a volunteer in a relocation camp for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, Robsjohn-Gibbings published an anthropomorthic table which he had developed for the Widdicomb Furniture Company. Noguchi felt that Robsjhon-Gibbings had plagiarized his design. Noguchi began working on the design of this small, freeform table in 1944. It was put into production in the early 1950's. It is one of the most characteristic and best know examples of "mid-century-modern"

Height: 40 cm (15,7")
Width: 128,5 cm (50,6")
Depth: 92,5 cm (36,4")


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