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ISAMU NOGUCHI

Isamu Noguchi
 
ISAMU NOGUCHI
The artist and designer Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904.His mother is the American writer Leonie Gilmour and his father the Japanese poet Yonejiro Noguchi. In the 1940s, Isamu Noguchi produced a number of light sculptures in paper, which he called "Lunar", which he later turned into a design for a table lamp, with cherrywood supports and a reinforced shade; Knoll International produced the lamp. In the years that followed, Isamu Noguchi designed a great many pieces of furniture and lamps for both Knoll International and the Herman Miller Company. In 1951 Isamu Noguchi came up with the "Akari" line in paper lamps. While designing it for manufacture, Isamu Noguchi revived the venerable Japanese art of making paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. For thirty-five years, Isamu Noguchi added a new design each year to the "Akari" range. One of Isamu Noguchi's best known designs is his 1945 "Coffee table", featuring a glass top on an organically curvilinear, sculptural wooden foot. In 1954 Isamu Noguchi designed a "Rocking stool" and a kid´s version of it, too. When asked about his designs, Isamu Noguchi replied: "Function [...] was just the beginning for me. My aim has always been art, in its interrelationship with life."
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