As much a piece of sculptural art as functional furniture, the Noguchi Coffee Table is one of Mid-Century’s most iconic and admired designs. In fact, it is so well celebrated that a Herman Miller version costs in excess of £1400. Whilst that might not seem like much for something that is considered a piece of art, it certainly goes against the Mid-Century philosophy of great design being accessible to all.
Lucky for those of us whom appreciate this inspirational table, the Pash Classics replica is available for a fraction of the price, at £299. This guide gives you all of the information you ever wanted to know about the table’s designer Isamu, and the Noguchi Coffee Table replica.
Isamu Noguchi, more than just a furniture designer.
Born in 1904 in Los Angeles to Japanese descent, Isamu Noguchi would go on to be widely respected in the sculpture, landscape architecture and set design fields over his six-decade long career. He would also collaborate on a book with Charles Eames and George Nelson to produce what is widely considered to be history’s most influential body of modern furniture and featured his iconic Coffee Table.
This respected career began at the age of 8 when his mother had a house built for them and his sister in Yokohama. Nurturing his artistic ability, she appointed the young Isamu in charge of the garden and apprenticed him to a local carpenter.
6 years later he moved back to the U.S. where he expressed his true desire to become and artist. From here he apprenticed with Mount Rushmore creator Gutzon Borglum and went on to take night classes at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. Noguchi’s talents were soon noticed by the school’s head with his first exhibit, a collection of plaster and terracotta works, being held only 3 months later.
With his career now built on strong foundations, the aspirational artist spent the following years travelling to and selling sculptural busts from Paris, Asia and New York. Isamu even volunteered as a carpenter at the Japanese Internment Camps during World War 2 where he designed baseball fields, swimming pools and cemeteries.
The increased acceptance of Japanese Americans post WW2 allowed for Isamu to continue his career, designing in a wide range of mediums. Some of his most notable works include Moerenuma Park in Sapporo Japan, gardens for the IBM headquarters and Bayfront Park in Miami, also designing stage sets for modern dancer Martha Grahamand, several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces.
About the replica.
With an impressive life that has contributed significantly to the world of architecture and design, it only seems right that we at Pash Classics do justice to one of Noguchi’s most recognisable designs. That’s why we have kept as close to the original design as possible and ensure each piece is built to the high standards you expect. So, let’s get to it:
- The table top is created from 19mm thick tempered glass for maximum structural support and strength.
- Two sculptural pieces of solid wood form the iconic base. Choose from real wood veneers in oak, walnut or ebony black.
- A metal anchor pin joins the two base pieces together and ensures maximum stability.
- In keeping with the original seamless design, the tempered glass top is not fastened to the base. Instead, the glass’ own weight secures these pieces together.
- Each table comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee against faults as standard.
- Free UK mainland delivery on every order.
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