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1950s White Sculptural Table Lamp by Isamu Noguchi

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Sculptural light, table lamp by Isamu Noguchi, USA, 1952. Beautiful table lamp by Isamu Noguchi. The shade is made out of fine paper followed by a bamboo stem ends on a iron base. The lamp promises a very warm, pleasant light. Manufactured by Ozeki. In the 1940s and 1950s, Noguchi's best-known furniture designs were created for Herman Miller and Knoll International. During a stay in Japan in 1951, the Asian lamps made of paper and bamboo aroused Noguchi's enthusiasm. Using traditional manufacturing techniques, he created new shapes, replacing candles with electric light bulbs, light sculptures for everyday use. Together with other Designer Isamu Noguchi significantly contributes to the development of the US post-war design and still inspires designers with his furniture design and art. In 1945 architect George Nelson, joined the firm Herman Miller as a director of design, so he recruited to its rank talented designer including; Isamu Noguchi, Charles and Ray Eames, Robert Propst, and textile designer Alexander Girard. In the 1940s and 1950s, Noguchi's best-known furniture designs were created for Herman Mille and Knoll International. During a stay in Japan in 1951, the Asian lamps made of paper and bamboo aroused Noguchi's enthusiasm. Using traditional manufacturing techniques, he created new shapes, replacing them with candles and electric light bulbs, light sculptures for everyday use.  

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 23.63 in. x Dm 11.82 in.H 60 cm x Dm 30 cm
  • Diameter
    11.82 in. (30 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
  • Reference Number
    LU958512592201
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About Isamu Noguchi (Designer)

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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