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Isamu Noguchi Stools

Japanese, American, 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 — his chairs and tables as well as his timeless Akari lamp and other lighting fixtures — 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, Noguchi 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: the sleek Measured Time kitchen 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 — they have the same power and presence that Noguchi brought to his art.

Find vintage Isamu Noguchi floor lamps, table lamps, coffee tables and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Isamu Noguchi
Rocking Stool by Isamu Noguchi for Vitra
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Isamu Noguchi iconic rocking stool in dark stained wood with polished chrome accents, 14” diameter x 10”high. Vitra production. Blonde wood stool is available in a separate listing.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi Stools

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Vintage Noguchi 86t Rocking Stool, Vitra
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Saint Paul, MN
Isamu Noguchi iconic rocking stool in blond wood with polished chrome accents, 14” diameter x 17”high. Vitra production. Short dark example not included, available in a separate list...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi Stools

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Isamu Noguchi Rocking Stool for Vitra
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Isamu Noguchi stools for sale on 1stDibs.

Isamu Noguchi stools are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Isamu Noguchi stools, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original stools by Isamu Noguchi were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider stools by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Florence Knoll, and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for Isamu Noguchi stools can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,800 and can go as high as $2,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,800.

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