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The Noguchi Coffee Table is an icon of modern classic furniture originally designed for A. Conger Goodyear, President of the Museum of Modern Art. The Noguchi Coffee Table was originally designed in 1944 and is a simple, yet beautiful design is made of only three pieces – a glass top, and two joining wood pieces for the base. This large biomorphic table carved in rosewood is now owned by the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. In his autobiography, Noguchi mentions that they had sent a model of the articulated table to Robsjohn-Gibbings with whom he had planned to work on a mass produced version. However, in 1945, while Noguchi was working as a volunteer in a relocation camp for Japanese Americans interned during World War II, Robsjohn-Gibbings published an anthropomorphic table which he had developed for the Widdicomb Furniture Company. Noguchi felt that Robsjohn-Gibbings had plagiarized his design.
Noguchi began working on the design of this small, freeform table in 1944. It was put into production in the early 1950s. It is one of the most characteristic and best known examples of "mid century modern".
Made in Italy. In stock in black stained ashwood.
Dimensions: H 15 3/4" D 36 1/2" W 50 1/2"
Material: Natural or stained ashwood, or solid walnut coffee tables with 3/4" glass top.