The Noguchi Coffee Table was originally designed in 1939 as a commission from the president of MoMA and is now featured in the Museum's collection. Noguchi modified the design in 1944 to accompany an article by designer George Nelson, entitled, "How to Make a Table." This design reflects the biomorphic imagery of Noguchi's contemporary sculpture. It consists of just three pieces: a free-form plate-glass top with flat polished edges, and a self-stabilizing tripod made of two interlocking curved legs of solid or ebonized walnut. With its successful balance of sculptural form and everyday function, this piece is one of Isamu Noguchi's best-known designs. Made by Herman Miller®.
16h x 5l x 36"w
Glass walnut Wood
Year of Design
Isamu Noguchi’s work has been on view in over 50 MoMA exhibitions throughout the years, beginning in 1930 with the exhibition 46 Painters and Sculptors under 35 Years of Age and there are many examples of his designs illustrating the breadth of his work across various media and styles in MoMA’s collection. As an artist and designer Noguchi's work transcends 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 everything from his iconic coffee table and light sculpture designs to the gardens for the UNESCO Building in Paris and fountains for Tokyo’s Supreme Court Building.