18 JUL 2013
Isamu Noguchi (samoo nogooch) 1904- 1988You've probably met Noguchi. We met Noguchi in the library, but now I also realise I had met him before at my Grandmother's place. She has a large sculptural floor lamp of his, constructed from paper, that she was given in the 40's, that is still magical. So we took the book home and read up some more about this man, and discovered that he designed everything from lighting to landscapes. Digging deeper, I could see that what he was doing was unlike his contemporaries. Whilst they were busily designing stream lined, machine aged modernist pieces of furniture, Noguchi was translating his highly organic sculpture into beautiful and functional architecture, lighting, landscapes, baby monitors and playgrounds that could tempt even the most stodgy of parents to kick off their shoes. He didn't just stay in his studio either - carving, cutting and folding paper or casting metal - but worked with other wildly amazing creative talents of the time. To name drop a few - there was the visionary engineer Buckminster Fuller who he jointly designed landscapes with, the radical dancer Martha Graham whose sets he designed, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine, Erick Hawkins, and composer John Cage. I imagine there must have been some good parties with Martha and John... Visit our website and wander through these other sculptural designs from the mid century: Noguchi Styled Coffee Table, 1950's Oak Compass Chair, BMF Nagel Model S22 Candlestick Holders, Finn Juhl Japan, FD 137 Chair, Japanese Black Vase.
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