Solid wood base, 3/4" plate-glass top
"Everything is sculpture, any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture." -Isamu Noguchi
Sculptor Isamu Noguchi's coffee table joins a curved, solid wood base with a freeform glass top. The ethereal result does not diminish the practical design: a sturdy and durable table. This balance of sculptural form and everyday function has made the Noguchi table an understated and beautiful element in homes and offices since its introduction in 1948.
Unwilling and unable to be pigeonholed, Noguchi created sculptures using any medium he could get his hands on: stone, metal, wood, clay, bone, paper, or a mixture of any or all--carving, casting, cutting, pounding, chiselling, or dynamiting away as each form took shape.
"To limit yourself to a particular style may make you an expert of that particular viewpoint or school, but I do not wish to belong to any school," he said. "I am always learning, always discovering."
Noguchi believed the sculptor's task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should "disappear," or be as one with its surroundings.
Noguchi's coffee table consists of three pieces. A freeform, 3/4" plate-glass top resting on two curved, poly wooden legs that interlock to form a tripod for self-stabilizing support.
The wooden base of the table comes in Noguchi black.
The name Isamu Noguchi is used to describe the product, not as a trademark.