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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.

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US$3,120
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Iconic Designs from Isamu Noguchi
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Akari Light Sculpture
Akari Light Sculpture
Cyclone Table
Cyclone Table
Cyclone Rocking Stool
Cyclone Rocking Stool
Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
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.
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1950s Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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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 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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2010s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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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...
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20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Dronten, NL
Poetic Isamu Noguchi Akari floor lamp, model BB3-33S. Cast iron base with bamboo stem and a handmade washi paper shade. Marked with Noguchi signature and trademark red symbol on ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Iron

  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp
H 66.93 in. W 29.14 in. D 9.85 in.
1950s White Sculptural pair of Floor Lamps by Isamu Noguchi
By Ozeki & Co. Ltd. 1, Buckminster Fuller, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Sculptural light, pair of Floor Lamps by Isamu Noguchi, USA, 1952. Beautiful Floor Lamps by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made out of fine paper followed by a bamboo stem ends on a ir...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Iron

Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp, Model 13A
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
A newer vintage Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 13A, In great 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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Metal

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...
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1990s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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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.
Akari Model 1AG Light Sculpture by Isamu Noguchi
By Akari, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Glendale, CA
Akari model 1AG light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made from handmade washi paper, ink and bamboo ribs with the original Noguchi Akari manufacturer's stamp. Akari light s...
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Early 2000s Japanese Anglo-Japanese Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

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Freeform Sofa
Freeform Sofa
Average Price
US$8,668
Number Available
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Freeform Sofa
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Fabric, Upholstery, Walnut, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Rudder Three-Legged Coffee Table
Rudder Three-Legged Coffee Table
Average Price
US$3,069
Number Available
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Rudder Three-Legged Coffee Table
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Birch, Chrome, Metal, Wood
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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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.

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