Skip to main content

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.

Average Sold Price
$2,747
Styles
Materials
Iconic Designs from Isamu Noguchi
Explore timeless pieces that have earned their place in history.
Akari Light Sculpture
Akari Light Sculpture
Cyclone Table
Cyclone Table
Cyclone Rocking Stool
Cyclone Rocking Stool
Prismatic Table
Prismatic Table
Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp BB3-33S
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
Newer Vintage Isamu Noguchi Akari floor lamp model BB3-33S, Made in Japan stamped on steel Base. In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade.  
Category

Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Steel

  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp BB3-33S
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp BB3-33S
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp BB3-33S
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp BB3-33S
H 67 in. W 29 in. D 12 in.
Isamu Noguchi Akari Table or Floor Lamp, Model 2A
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
Rare old stock Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 2A. Believed to be discontinued from production. In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade. Came with origin...
Category

Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Steel

Early and Rare 45XL Akari Pendant by Isamu Noguchi for Ozeki, 1950s
By Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Echt, NL
Early 45XL Akari lamp in excellent condition. Designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1951 Produced by Ozeki & Co., Ltd. New old stock, 4 items available! Model 45XL is a square shaped p...
Category

20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Metal

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.
Category

1950s Vintage Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Other

  • 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.
Isamu Noguchi 45D Ceiling Lamp
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
45D ceiling lamp, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1951. Made of a bamboo ribbing structure covered by washi paper manufactured according to the traditional procedures. Manufacture...
Category

1990s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Metal

  • Isamu Noguchi 45D Ceiling Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi 45D Ceiling Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi 45D Ceiling Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi 45D Ceiling Lamp
H 17.72 in. Dm 17.72 in.
Isamu Noguchi 14A Floor Lamp Washi Paper Bamboo, Japan
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp, model 14A, designed by Isamu Noguchi. Manufactured by Ozeki & Company Ltd. (Japan.) Bamboo ribbing structure covered by washi paper manufactured according to the tradit...
Category

1980s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Metal

Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool for Vitra
By Vitra, Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Iconic low rocking stool with a maple top and base and chrome-plated steel rods, a 1954 Isamu Noguchi design for Knoll re-issued by Vitra in 2001. Intended as a collaboration between...
Category

Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Chrome

1950s White Sculptural Matching Pair of Table Lamps 'Azaki' by Isamu Noguchi 'B'
By Buckminster Fuller, Isamu Noguchi, Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sculptural light, Table Lamps, Akari, Isamu Noguchi for Ozeki, USA, 1952. Two early example of Isamu Noguchi´s "Akari" table lamps. The shades are made out of fine paper followed ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Iron

Browse all Furniture from Isamu Noguchi
Shop Now

Isamu Noguchi Sellers

WA Design Gallery
No Reviews Yet
Two Enlighten Los Angeles
5.0
FRANK LANDAU SELECTED DESIGN OBJECTS & FINE ART, INTERIOR DESIGN
5.0
More Isamu Noguchi Designs
Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
Average Price
$9,000
Number Available
1
Cylinder Table Light
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Cherry, Hardwood, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Shop All
Freeform Sofa
Freeform Sofa
Average Price
$8,851
Number Available
1
Freeform Sofa
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Fabric, Upholstery, Walnut, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
Shop All

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.

Recently Viewed

View More