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isamu noguchi rudder table

by Isamu Noguchi from Herman Miller ®

isamu noguchi rudder table

Design Isamu Noguchi, 1949
Wood top, metal & wood legs
Made by Herman Miller

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

The Herman Miller Collection has proudly reintroduced Isamu Noguchi's 1949 Rudder Table, an outstanding example of the noted artist-designer's skillful use of deceptively simple organic forms to create highly functional and beautiful furniture. The table's name stems from the character of its single wood leg support, which is reminiscent of a ship's rudder. Paired with two metal hairpin legs, the table seems to visually rest on the rudder leg, lending a visual lightness and grace to the whole.

Noguchi's 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.

The Noguchi Rudder table shares a near-identically shaped and sized top as the glass Noguchi Coffee Table from 1947, which quickly became one of the most iconic Herman Miller pieces following its own reintroduction in 1984. It is offered in walnut, ebony stain or whit ash finish options.

49.75" w | 35.75" d | 15.75" h
ships ready to assemble.

$1,575.00 + free shipping
(usually ships in 30 business days)
(This item is currently on a production hold from Herman Miller. Please contact Hive with any questions.)
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Isamu Noguchi

Noguchi designed lighting and furniture which were sculptural. In 1947 Noguchi began a collaboration with Herman Miller and collaborated with George Nelson and Eames to produce what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture.
Herman Miller is synonymous with “modern” furniture. Creative director George Nelson recruited contemporaries Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Noguchi to create a legendary furniture collection.

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