Isamu Noguchi (USA and Japan, 1904–1988)

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 light designs remain his most accessible work. As you will see on these pages, they have the same power and presence that Noguchi brought to his art.

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Isamu Noguchi Cylinder Lamps cherrywood and fiberglass 1947

By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
On Hold
Isamu Noguchi Cylinder Lamps cherrywood and fiberg...
Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Pair of early original Isamu Noguchi designed model 9 table lamps produced by Knoll & Associates in 1947. Exceptional vintage condition. Cherrywood, original fiberglass shades.
Isamu Noguchi Radio Nurse

By Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi Radio Nurse
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1930s American American Modern Collectibles and Curiosities
Bakelite
A clean example of Isamu Noguchi's iconic "Radio Nurse" for Zenith, circa 1937. Originally commissioned by the President of Zenith at the time to monitor his daughter on his yacht du...
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Childs Size Table for Modernica

By Isamu Noguchi, Modernica
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Childs Size Table for Modern...
Isamu Noguchi, Modernica
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Chrome, Laminate
Iconic Noguchi Cyclone table by Modernica. Child size with beechwood laminate top and chrome supports.
Isamu Noguchi Early Edition Lamp, circa 1950

By Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi Early Edition Lamp, circa 1950
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Paper
Pendant Lamp, designed by Isamu Noguchi around 1950. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. Ltd. (Japan) Bambu ribbing structure covered by washi paper manufactured according to the traditional ...
Very Rare Isamu Noguchi Rudder Coffee Table Model IN-52, Herman Miller 1944

By Herman Miller, Isamu Noguchi
Very Rare Isamu Noguchi Rudder Coffee Table Model ...
Herman Miller, Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Wood
Extremely rare Isamu Noguchi rudder coffee table model IN-52. The tabletops for Noguchi’s IN-52 coffee table and IN-20 dining table are the same size and shape. The present tabletop, se...
Isamu Noguchi Hanging Lantern

By Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi Hanging Lantern
Isamu Noguchi
Late 20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Lanterns
Paper, Bamboo, Metal
Light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of the 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for half a century by the original manufacturer in ...
Pr. of Vintage Isam Noguchi Lamps

By Isamu Noguchi
On Hold
Pr. of Vintage Isam Noguchi Lamps
Isamu Noguchi
Vintage 1970s Japanese Table Lamps
Metal
Pair of Vintage Signed Noguchi Lamps.
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Child's/Side Table

By Isamu Noguchi, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Child's/Side Table
Isamu Noguchi, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Plywood, Formica, Steel
Children's cyclone table with white formica top, would serve well as a side table. Some nicks to edge, one slightly bent wire. It measures 24" d, 20" h. We also have a matching din...
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table

By Isamu Noguchi, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table
Isamu Noguchi, H. G. Knoll and Associates
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Plywood, Formica, Steel
Early cyclone dining table designed by Noguchi for Knoll. Diameter of large top is 48". Some wear from normal usage. Tables are priced separately, the dining table is $4800. See sep...
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