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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.

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
Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
Prismatic Table
Prismatic Table
Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp, Model 10A
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
A new old stock Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 10A, In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade. Came with original box.  
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Steel

Isamu Noguchi Akari 18A, Ozeki, 1951
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Paris, FR
An extremely rare Akari model « 18A » by Isamu Noguchi A true museum piece only produced during the first early years of Akari (probably between 1951 & 1955) Original shade in was...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in San Francisco, CA
Prismatic table by Isamu Noguchi A Prismatic table in black by Isamu Noguchi for Vitra. The table design was based on geometric forms and has an interesting three-legged base with a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Isamu Noguchi

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Aluminum

  • Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi
  • Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi
  • Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi
  • Prismatic Table by Isamu Noguchi
H 15 in. W 17 in. D 17 in.
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.  
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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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 21A, Ozeki, 1951
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Paris, FR
An Akari model « 21A » by Isamu Noguchi Original shade in washi & bamboo rims Structure in black lacquered metal Hand-made form realized by Ozeki Company, Gifu, Japan Series star...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Akari 60F / BB3, Ozeki, 1951
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Paris, FR
An Akari model « 60F » on « BB3 » base by Isamu Noguchi Original shade in washi & bamboo rims Structure in black lacquered metal & pebble base in cast iron and bamboo stem Hand-ma...
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1950s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Pair of Isamu Noguchi Akari 10A Floor Lamps
By Isamu Noguchi, Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Isamu Noguchi Akari 10A floor lamps. The shades are 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 Anglo-Japanese Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Akari 10A Floor Lamp with Stamped Signature
By Isamu Noguchi, Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1
Located in Glendale, CA
Isamu Noguchi Akari 10A floor lamp with signature. The shades are made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribs with Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light sculptures by Is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Anglo-Japanese Isamu Noguchi

Materials

Metal

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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.