Isamu Noguchi (November 17, 1904 – December 30, 1988)
The great criticism of the Modern movement was the lack of diversity amongst its key influencers. In the design world at least, there was Japanese-American Isamu Noguchi whose contribution to mid-century furniture easily qualifies him amongst the 20th century masters.
Isamu Noguchi was an artist and industrial designer whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, many of which are still manufactured today.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalogue containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table.
Of his work he once said ‘My Father, Yone Noguchi is Japanese and has long been known as an interpreter of the East and West, through poetry. I wish to do the same thing through sculpture.’ Noguchi’s work lives on around the world and at the Noguchi Museum in New York City.