Ah…the Coffee Table by Isamu Noguchi; is there any other piece more iconic of mid-century modern furniture design than this? Well…yes, but only a handful of others can lay claim to that. Like the best of mid-century modern design, the Noguchi Coffee Table holds up to the test of time and looks as chic in contemporarily-decorated apartments as it does in the retro ranch houses of 50-60 years ago.
The table was designed in 1948 by Noguchi, a sculptor, who believed that, “Everything is sculpture, any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.” You can see, how organic, sculptural and fluid the design is. It is easily one of my favorite pieces from this design era.
Here: a smorgasbord, a smattering, a cornucopia of Isamu Noguchi’s Coffee Table in my Design Notebook Series. Enjoy!
Wow, I’ve never seen such an…interesting…chair. It looks like it’s made of red velvet Post-It notes.
From a NY Times article on high-end decorating after you have little people (children). Child- proofing the edges of your Noguchi Coffee Table may be necessary for some of the clumsier among us adults…
Here is a very retro, mid-century modern, decorated home. Love the color palette and of course the Noguchi Coffee Table.
Here is an instance where the decor borders on shabby-chic, yet the table still works really well.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed your Design Notebook today. If you feel the need to go out and buy (well…online anyways) a Noguchi Coffee Table, congratulations. Go vintage, via 1stDibs.com. or you could buy a reissue of the design, which will cost you anywhere from $1300-$1400. For something a bit more reasonable, buy one of my replicas, available in a dark walnut or natural finish. They’re on sale now, for only $339.
BTW, I know you guys saw that shameless self-promotion from a mile away.