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Isamu Noguchi

Japanese, 1904-1988

A sculptor, painter, ceramicist and furniture and lighting designer, Isamu Noguchi was one of the most prolific and protean creative forces of the 20th century and a key figure in the development of organic modernism. Noguchi’s sculptures and designs share a common spirit: one of lyrical abstraction, tempo and flow and harmonious balance.

Noguchi was born in Los Angeles to an American mother and Japanese father, and spent most of his childhood in Japan. He returned to the United States at age 13, went to high school in Indiana and enrolled at Columbia University to study medicine. At the same time, he took night courses in sculpture. Within three months, he left college to pursue art full time. Noguchi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927 and traveled to Paris to work under Constantin Brancusi. It marked a turning point. Inspired by Brancusi, Noguchi embraced abstraction and began to sculpt in the expressive, rhythmic style that would be the hallmark of his work.

Once back in New York, Noguchi was introduced to design by what would become a lifelong collaboration creating sets for choreographer Martha Graham. His first industrial designs were in Bakelite: a sleek clock-timer created circa 1932, and his famed Zenith Radio Nurse intercom, from 1937. Ten years later, Herman Miller introduced Noguchi’s now-iconic glass-topped coffee table with an articulated wooden base. His washi paper and bamboo Akari light sculptures, handmade in Japan, debuted in 1951. In the late 1950s, Noguchi designed for Knoll, creating such pieces as his dynamic Cyclone table and rocking stool.

For collectors, Noguchi’s furniture and lighting designs remain his most accessible work. As you will see on 1stDibs, they have the same power and presence that Noguchi brought to his art.

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Iconic Designs from Isamu Noguchi
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Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool
Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool
Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
Monumental Akari Model 70F Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi
By Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1, Isamu Noguchi, Akari
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Akari model 70F light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with original Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Dining /Center Table. Teak Top, Chrome Supports, Iron Base
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early and rare Noguchi Cyclone table. Out of production 48 inch round Teak top which has been expertly refinished. The chrome is free of pitting. The heavy iron base shows scuffs and...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Chrome, Iron

Monumental Isamu Noguchi Akari 25N Floor Lamp
By Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1, Akari, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Isamu Noguchi Akari 25N floor lamp. The shade is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light sculptures by Isamu No...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi "Cyclone" Dining Table for Knoll
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Trenton, NJ
Impressive early Knoll "Cyclone" table by Isamu Noguchi features the iconic cyclone style pedestal base with circular table top perfect for use as a kitchen table, dining table, game...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Akari Model 5x Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Akari Model 5x light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light sculptures by Isamu ...
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1990s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Bamboo, Paper

Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi Lamp
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi lamp Wood and Perspex Knoll International Edition, Circa 1950 Dimensions: H 40 x D 18 cms In perfect condition.
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1950s Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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  • Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi "9" Noguchi Lamp
H 15.75 in. Dm 7.09 in.
Akari Model 24N Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi, Akari, Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1
Located in Glendale, CA
Akari model 24N light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light sculptures by Isamu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Vintage Akari Light Sculpture Model L3 by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi, Akari
Located in Chalk Hill, PA
Akari Light Sculpture model L3 designed by Isamu Noguchi. This is a vintage, used model from an estate. Manufacture date is unknown but estimated to have been purchased in the late 6...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

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Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture
Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture
Average Price
$8,070
Number Available
40
Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Paper, Metal, Bamboo
Styles
Mid Century Modern
It was a trip to Japan in the spring of 1951 that inspired artist and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) to create the Akari light sculpture. Noguchi was passing through the city of Gifu, in central Japan, and observed a traditional nighttime festival in which fishermen use cormorants to help them catch fish. Each boat was equipped with a chochin lantern to light its way. Noguchi — one of the 20th century’s most inventive artists — was enraptured with the beauty of these traditional decorative ...
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Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
Average Price
$4,598
Number Available
11
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Metal, Wood, Steel, Laminate
Styles
Mid Century Modern
The playful Cyclone table, designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904–88), initially wasn’t a table at all. But the versatile artist, who both worked across disciplines and used widely varying materials, was likely accustomed to things not going exactly as planned.  The insatiably curious son of a Japanese poet and an Irish-American writer, Noguchi yearned to become a sculptor from a young age. He was so moved by the abstract sculpture of Constantin Brancusi — who he assisted in Paris — that he spent se...
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Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool
Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool
Average Price
$2,425
Number Available
4
Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Chrome, Maple, Metal, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
Average Price
$14,400
Number Available
1
Cylinder Table Light
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Cherry, Fiberglass, Hardwood, Plastic, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Isamu Noguchi furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Isamu Noguchi furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Isamu Noguchi furniture, there are many options to choose from, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 80 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. During the 20th century, many of the original furniture by Isamu Noguchi was created in Japan in the mid-century modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Marbro Lamp Company, Greta Magnusson-Grossman, and John Keal. Prices for Isamu Noguchi furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at US$571 and tops out at US$69,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$6,574.

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