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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.

$1,495.00 + free shipping
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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 buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father in law as 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 & Ray Eames the company produced legendary classics of industrial design.


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