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Noguchi Prismatic Table

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Noguchi Prismatic Table
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Designed in 1957 as part of an effort to promote new uses for aluminum, Isamu Noguchi’s Prismatic table stands in sharp contrast to his rounded, organic sculpture, demonstrating the profound range of his work. Inspired by origami, three pieces of aluminum are joined to form a hexagonal top with an integrated trio of legs. From above, it resembles a faceted prism, lending the table its name. Finished in black or white, it’s a perfect small table to place at the end of a sofa or between a pair of easy chairs. Made in Germany by Vitra, a manufacturer of iconic modern furnishings that’s widely represented in the Museum’s collection.

At 15, Isamu Noguchi’s Art teacher declared that he'd “never be a sculptor.” Fortunately, he didn’t listen to that discouraging prediction. He went on to become an artist and designer whose work transcended stylistic silos, movements, and cultures. His propensity for overlooking labels and borders may have stemmed from his family: His Japanese father was a poet and his Scottish-American mother a writer. “I do not wish to belong to any school,” he said. “I am always learning, always discovering.” His wide-ranging work includes the gardens for the UNESCO Building in Paris and fountains for Tokyo’s Supreme Court Building. His collaboration with Herman Miller began when one of his designs was used to illustrate George Nelson’s article, “How to Make a Table.” That design became his iconic coffee table, introduced in 1947. 28 examples of his designs are included in MoMA’s collection, illustrating the breadth of his work across various media and styles.
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  • Designer
    Isamu Noguchi
  • Size
    14.75h x 16.25w x16.25"diam.
  • Materials
    Aluminum
  • Year of Design
    1957
  • Origin
    Germany