Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Noguchi Museum

Isamu Noguchi is one of my design heroes - I love how his work is cerebral in its purity of form, but still has an organic tactile quality that's warm and human. The end result is a body of work that manages to invoke the spiritual while still being accessible - no mean feat.

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City New York is a beautiful space dedicated to the life and work of Isamu Noguchi. It showcases Noguchi's extensive range of work, including his sculpture, furniture and interior design, gardens and playgrounds, fountains, dance and theatre sets, monuments and memorials, and drawings. You can get a sense of the museum on their website here. Shown above is Noguchi in January 1978, working on an Akari lamp frame at Ozeki & Company in Gifu, Japan. (Photo: Michio Noguchi)

Noguchi's Design for Interiors

Some of Isamu Noguchi's furniture and utensil designs. Clockwise from top left: Knife, Fork and Spoon (1952), Hive Modern; Cyclone Dining Table (1953), Hive Modern; Akari Freeform Column Floor Lamp (1951), Design Within Reach; Table (1947), Design Within Reach; Teacup and Saucer (1952), Hive Modern; Akari Square Lantern Table Lamp (no date given), Design Within Reach; Freeform Sofa and Ottoman (1946), Hive Modern.

Further Reading About Noguchi

There's a few books out there on Isamu Noguchi and his work. This one, by Ana Maria Torres, is called Isamu Noguchi: A Study of Space. Looks like a good read...
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