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Cyclone Table

About the Design

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 several months in Beijing and Japan, studying calligraphy, brush drawing and gardens. Noguchi traveled extensively and viewed materiality, particularly clay and stone, as elemental and even sacred. He excelled in sculpture, and, as a lifelong set designer for such famous choreographers as Martha Graham — who he met while he was sculpting portrait busts — he was uniquely attuned to movement and the relationship between objects and their environment. Ever the venturesome artist, Noguchi began to explore furniture design in the 1940s.

Before it would become the Cyclone table, the sculptor’s metal wire and wood piece took the shape of a rocking stool for legendary furniture manufacturer Knoll. Hans Knoll, the company’s cofounder, was drawn to the chair's distinctive base and thought, “Why not make it a small table to complement Harry Bertoia’s wire chair for children?” Noguchi’s piece was eventually manufactured in a variety of sizes and later, in 1954, it evolved into a side table. It wasn’t until 1957 that Knoll produced it as a full-fledged dining table. 

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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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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Chrome, Iron

Isamu Noguchi Knoll Cyclone Side Table
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Early Isamu Noguchi 'Cyclone' side table for Knoll. Does not retain label. Birch base, patinated metal and white Formica top.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Steel

Authentic Original 1950’s Knoll Associates Cyclone Side Table by Isamu Noguchi
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Munroe Falls, OH
This is a really nice authentic Knoll Cyclone side table designed by Isamu Noguchi and first introduced in 1953. This table has a stacked laminate top, dating it to the 1950's. It ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Metal

Noguchi for Knoll Rosewood Top Cyclone Table
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rosewood top Isamu Noguchi for knoll cyclone side table. Table dates to 2021. Looks near perfect! Rosewood is amazing with outstanding grain! Quite a wait to order this new!
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2010s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

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Metal

1950s Black and White Occasional Table 'Model 87' by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Occasional Side Table, Model '87', Isamu Noguchi for Knoll International, USA, 1954. Beautiful side table by Isamu Noguchi. The table comes with a white laminate top with a figura...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Steel, Metal

Isamu Noguchi Knoll Cyclone Table Plywood White Laminate Steel
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Old and rare "Cyclone" table designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll. Steel connects the white laminate top to the birch base. Very good condition A fine example of this iconic design.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Gueridon

Materials

Steel

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Dining Table with White Laminate Top for Knoll, 1971
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Miami, FL
Early edition 47.5" diameter Knoll Cyclone dining table with white laminate and beveled wood edge top designed by Isamu Noghuchi for Knoll. The top rests on polished chrome steel wir...
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

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Steel, Chrome

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Dining Table, Round White Laminate Top, Early & Rare
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early, rare 48 inch round "Cyclone" dining table designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll. The forty eight inch is long out of production. Chromes steel connects the white laminate top to...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Circular Table Model 312 by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Paris, FR
A dining table model "312" by Isamu Noguchi, in plywood, black lacquered steel and black laminate, manufactured by Knoll Associates, USA, model designed circa 1955, with an old edito...
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables

Materials

Steel

Isamu Noguchi, Early "Cyclone" Table, Plywood, White Laminate Steel, Knoll 1950s
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early "Cyclone" table by Isamu Noguchi. In plywood with white laminate top and steel base. Produced by Knoll Associates, Inc, New York, America. Bears original label.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Steel

Isamu Noguchi, "Cyclone" Table for Knoll, 1960s, Child's Size
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Rare, child's size "Cyclone" table by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll, 1960s. Beautiful, original condition. Top has been professionally cleaned and looking great! Ideal side table!    ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

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Iron

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