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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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$2,332
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Iconic Designs from Isamu Noguchi
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Akari Light Sculpture
Akari Light Sculpture
Cyclone Table
Cyclone Table
Cylinder Table Light
Cylinder Table Light
Prismatic Table
Prismatic Table
Isamu Noguchi Akari 70N Light Sculpture
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Dronten, NL
Akari 70N lamp designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1951. Manufactured by Ozeki & Co. in Japan. Bambu structure covered by washi paper. Rewired for U.S. standards. New cord and canopy from N...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Bamboo, Paper

Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Isamu Noguchi
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Dronten, NL
The sculptural quality of Noguchi's design vocabulary finds expression in the Freeform Sofa: it is entirely different from other designs of the same period, appearing in combination ...
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1940s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Walnut, Wool

  • Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Isamu Noguchi
  • Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Isamu Noguchi
  • Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Isamu Noguchi
  • Freeform Sofa and Ottoman by Isamu Noguchi
H 28.35 in. W 118.12 in. D 51.19 in.
Isamu Noguchi Akari Table or Floor Lamp, Model 2A
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
Rare old stock Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 2A. Believed to be discontinued from production. In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade. Came with origin...
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Steel

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

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Dining Table, Round White Laminate Top, Early & Rare
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Kansas City, MO
Early, rare 48 inch round "Cyclone" dining table designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll. The forty eight inch is long out of production. Chromes steel connects the white laminate top to...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Steel, Chrome

Isamu Noguchi 14A Floor Lamp Washi Paper Bamboo, Japan
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp, model 14A, designed by Isamu Noguchi. Manufactured by Ozeki & Company Ltd. (Japan.) Bamboo ribbing structure covered by washi paper manufactured according to the tradit...
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1980s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp 25N
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Seattle, WA
Rare oversized Isamu Noguchi Akari floor lamp model 25N , Isamu Noguchi Moon and Sun stamped on shade. In pristine condition no scratches on the frame or tears on the shade.  
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Early 2000s Japanese Mid-Century Modern Isamu Noguchi

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Steel

  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp 25N
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp 25N
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp 25N
  • Isamu Noguchi Akari Floor Lamp 25N
H 46 in. W 33 in. D 33 in.
Isamu Noguchi "Akari" 22N Lamp, 1980s
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Tokyo, JP
"Akari Light Sculpture" model 22N designed by Isamu Noguchi. Manufactured in 1980s. There are some visible turns but it has no problem in practical use. Includes an original box.
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1980s Japanese Vintage Isamu Noguchi

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Metal

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Freeform Sofa
Freeform Sofa
Average Price
$11,750
Number Available
1
Freeform Sofa
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Fabric, Walnut, Wood, Velvet, Wool
Styles
Mid Century Modern
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Noguchi Coffee Table
Noguchi Coffee Table
Average Price
$3,600
Number Available
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Noguchi Coffee Table
By Isamu Noguchi
Materials
Wood, Glass, Walnut
Styles
Mid Century Modern
As Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) saw it, he only created one truly good piece of furniture, a coffee table. Despite his legacy of design that combined dynamic forms with organic materials and resulted in an oeuvre still widely celebrated today, the Japanese-American artist and designer considered the Noguchi coffee table his singular success. In 1944, Noguchi created the first version of his classic coffee table as a riff on a piece he designed for former MoMA president, A. Conger Goodyear, five ye...
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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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