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A Brief Look at Isamu Noguchi

An American born child of a Japanese poet father and an American writer mother, Isamu Noguchi was inspired by art since his childhood. In fact, Noguchi's mother nurtured his artistic abilities by having him work as an apprentice to a local carpenter, perform garden work, and having him “oversee” the creation of the house his mother was building for Noguchi and his half sister Ailes Gilmour who coincidentally would go on to become a pioneer in American modern dance. 

Upon graduating high school, Noguchi began working as an apprentice under the guidance of Gutzon Borglum, best known for having created Mount Rushmore. A brief detour into premed eventually inspired Noguchi to study art, and he quickly impressed his professors at Columbia University. Just three months into his schoolwork, Noguchi would hold his first exhibit, prompting him to drop out and pursue sculpting full-time.

Noguchi returned to the United States in the late 1930s after extensively creating artwork abroad. It wasn't until 1947 that he would join forces with the well regarded Herman Miller brand and join renowned fellow designers like Charles & Ray Eames. It was during his time with Herman Miller that Noguchi would also go on to create one of the most visionary pieces in modern design furniture, like his iconic Noguchi table that is still sold to this day.

This update is brought to you by CA Modern Home. We sell many different Herman Miller modern design furniture products as well as modern home furniture pieces by Isamu Noguchi and other renowned designers. Call 800.605.1859 for more information on our many distinct pieces for sale.

Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody


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