Inspired by Noguchi

Coffee Table

Inspired by Noguchi

Coffee Table

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100% Made in Italy. Open pore black, cherry wood or walnut lacquered ash wood frame. Glass top, 15 or 19 mm thickness.
This famous Noguchi coffee table has three parts: the glass top and the two pieces of dark brown wood that form the base. At first glance, it seems that it was sculpted rather than designed – the evident result of the author’s “biomorphic” imagination. Designed by Noguchi in 1939 for A. Conger Goodyear, who was the director of the Museum of Modern art in New York, it was later given to the architect Robsjohn-Gibbins, in order to look for a manufacturer. But in 1945 – when Noguchi was in a Japanese-American internment camp – Robsjohn- Gibbins put on the market a slightly modified version of the table, and arrogated himself the intellectual property of the design; consequently, Noguchi accused him of plagiarism. Thanks to George Nelson – who appreciated Noguchi very much – the production of the table started beginning to the early 1950s. Open pore lacquered ash wood frame. Glass top.

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Dimensions L128,5 P92,5 H40 cm
Inspired by Noguchi
Structure Schema IN124


I. Noguchi


I. Noguchi


Beauty is not a concept but a representation.

Isamu Noguchi was born in the United States, his mother being an American writer and his father a Japanese poet. He spent his childhood travelling around the world: India, Paris, and above all Japan, before returning to America at the age of 14. Having undertaken studies in medicine, he began to take an interest in sculpture and, thanks to a scholarship from the Guggenheim Foundation, could study in Paris for two years under the guidance of Constantin Brancusi, the great sculptor who will influence Noguchi’s work throughout his life. Returned to New York, Noguchi broadened his interests to urban planning and development, designing various parks, squares and playgrounds around the world.

He also worked as a stage designer for important theatre companies, and later designed objects, furniture and furnishings. In 1980 he founded the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum in New York, a permanent exhibit of his own works. Noguchi’s works cover the entire range of design, from pieces of purely decorative abstract art to the essentially functional – such as the “baby monitor” in bakelite or rice paper lamps. However, the majority of his work goes beyond these boundaries, as if it was sprung from the sculptural desire to coexist both as an art object and a furniture element.