“Everything is sculpture.” – Isamu Noguchi
As we take a look at design throughout history, no list would not be complete with Isamu Noguchi.
Born in Los Angeles in 1904, the midcentury master is perhaps best known for his eponymous Noguchi Table, a coffee table made of two interlocking curly cues of wood, topped with a triangular glass slab. First created in 1947, the table continues to be produced by Herman Miller today.
Although hard to believe, Noguchi initially studied pre-med at Columbia. It was during evening sculpture classes on New York’s Lower East Side that Noguchi found his true calling.
Noguchi traveled extensively, maintaining studios in Japan and New York City, and completing large scale works in Mexico.
With work ranging from sculpture to set design to ceramics to furniture and lighting, Noguchi was never one to limit his work to any single discipline. Over his lifetime, Noguchi collaborated with choreographers Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and even muralist Diego Rivera.
Today, people flock to the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York. Established by the artist himself, the space includes a serene outdoor sculpture garden and galleries full of his work.
What is your favorite work of Noguchi’s?