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Noguchi Coffee Table

by Isamu Noguchi, from Herman Miller ®

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noguchi coffee table

Design Isamu Noguchi, 1947
Solid wood base, 3/4" plate-glass top
Made by Herman Miller

"Everything is sculpture, any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture."
-Isamu Noguchi

The Noguchi coffee table joins a curved, solid wood base with a freeform glass top. The ethereal result does not diminish the practical design: a sturdy and durable table. This balance of sculptural form and everyday function has made the Noguchi table an understated and beautiful element in homes and offices since its introduction in 1948.

Unwilling and unable to be pigeonholed, Noguchi created sculptures using any medium he could get his hands on: stone, metal, wood, clay, bone, paper, or a mixture of any or all--carving, casting, cutting, pounding, chiseling, or dynamiting away as each form took shape.

"To limit yourself to a particular style may make you an expert of that particular viewpoint or school, but I do not wish to belong to any school," he said. "I am always learning, always discovering."

Noguchi believed the sculptor's task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should "disappear," or be as one with its surroundings.

His relationship with Herman Miller® came about when one of his designs was used to illustrate an article written by George Nelson called "How to Make a Table." It became his famous "coffee table," and it's as appealing today as it was then. For someone who was told by his first art teacher at age 15 that he'd "never be a sculptor," he left an amazing legacy.

To assure authenticity, the signature of Isamu Noguchi discreetly appears on the edge of the top and on a medallion on the underside of the base; under the medallion, his initials are stamped into the base.

Noguchi's coffee table consists of three pieces. A freeform, 3/4" plate-glass top resting on two curved, solid wood legs that interlock to form a tripod for self-stabilizing support. The solid wood base of the table has a lacquered finish and available in Noguchi black, walnut, white oak or white ash. The white ash base is finished with a process that arrests the wood in its natural, "freshly cut" state. The resulting color is a creamy white that will not turn yellow or golden over time. The table with white ash base is a beautiful complement to the Eames lounge chair and ottoman with white ash veneer and pearl MCL Leather.

50" w | 36" d | 15.75" h

$2,195.00 + plus shipping
(in-stock items usually ship in 2-3 business days. QuickShip Walnut and Noguchi Black are scheduled to ship approx May 25th. Otherwise, please allow 25-40 business days for product to ship)

Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi (1904 –1988) was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold. In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László, and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today. His work lives on around the world and at the Noguchi Museum in New York City.
Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.




noguchi coffee table

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Amazing coffee table
Lee, less than a month ago.
Classic and gorgeous! A true statement piece in my living room. The black base goes well with my neutral colored space.
Very sturdy and substantial.
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Noguchi coffee table ecstasy
Jonathan, more than a month ago.
The Noguchi table is stunning! The aesthetic is exactly what I want and the craftsmanship is excellent as well. The only issue is that it is now the most beautiful piece in my living room and I will need to replace everything else, just to meet its standard....
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Iconic coffee table is amazing addition to my home
Casey, more than a month ago.
I would characterize this as Isamu Noguchi's signature piece of furniture, and I read once that he considered this coffee table to be his only true design success. I find that hard to believe given the incredible range of his outstanding work in several furniture and artistic categories, but I think it would be hard for anyone to argue against the idea that this might be the most beautiful coffee table of all time. The design of the supporting wood components is exquisite, accompanied by a thick clear glass top that in turn shows them off to great effect while having ample surface area. Simple, useful, and well-made, this coffee table is the epitome of excellence in modern design.
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beautiful, elegant, solid
bk, more than a month ago.

if you like noguchi, you will love this!
(bonus: easy to assemble)
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hive people are first rate
pdxjohn, more than a month ago.
from the cooperative spirit in ordering of a special noguchi coffee table (i wish i could remember the gentleman's name) to the professional delivery and assembly by clive & gabriel, this is a first class operation. i was kept informed of the sale date, order status and the delivery took place the same day the table arrived at their warehouse.
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