Early 1960s "Cyclone" Dining Table by Isamu Noguchi

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A rather well-preserved example of Noguchi's Classic modernist table, which retains a Knoll label dating the piece to the early 1960s -- only a few years after 1957, when the Cyclone was first offered by the innovative company. This is the largest-diameter version of the design; its white Formica-covered top has a diameter of 47.5 inches, while most of these tables had 42 inch tops. (Knoll stopped manufacture of the Cyclone table in 1974, and the largest 47.5 inch diameter version was not put back into production when the table was re-issued in 2003.)
 

Details

  • Period
    1960-1969
  • Materials and Techniques
    Plated   Steel
    Cast   Iron
    Laminated   Plywood
  • Condition
    Excellent. Original, and in much better condition than these tables are usually found in. Some minor wear, but nothing very noticeable. Close-up images are available on request..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions
    28.3 in. H
    72 cm H
  • Diameter
    47.5
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU80918313483

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.

About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2005

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

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  • 20th Century Specialists

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