VitraCoffee table (1944), Isamu Noguchi
Designed in 1939 artist and industrial designer Isamu Noguchi, the Noguchi table is an icon of modernist furniture. Initially, Noguchi designed the tabel for A. Conger Goodyear, the president of the Museum of Modern Art, but when the design team at Herman Miller saw the table they commissioned Noguchi to design a similar table for use in both residential and office environments.
The 1947 Herman Miller took the table in production, describing it as a ‘sculpture-for-use’. The Noguchi table became one of Herman Miller’s most iconic and successful designs. When production ceased in 1973, the table became an instant collectible. In 1984 the table was reintroduced and has been in production ever since.
* the base was originally produced in walnut, birch, and cherry. Cherry bases were made only during the first year the table was on the market, making them truly rare collectibles.
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