Modern Classics: The Noguchi Coffee Table

Modern Classics: The Noguchi Coffee Table

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 26, 2012
Isamu Noguchi once said: "Everything is sculpture, any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture." Nowhere is this more apparent than in his Noguchi Coffee Table, which takes the idea of a table, breaks it down into its barest components, and then re-imagines and re-energizes it. Genius in its simplicity, yet intriguing from all angles, the Noguchi table has become so emblematic of modern design that it's even the namesake of a Tumblr site (the irreverently titled F&@# Your Noguchi Coffee Table) that pokes fun at interior decorating tropes. Joking aside, however you decide to style your Noguchi table — paired with complementary MCM pieces or in a mode traditional interior — it's likely to steal the show. TOP ROW: 1 & 2. In a Houston apartment by designer Chris Nguyen. 3. In a beautifully styled living room from Mix and Chic. 4. In black in an elegant, traditional-meets-modern interior from The Design Files. 5. With an Eames lounger in this mod home from Rue Magazine. BOTTOM ROW: 6. In Laura's minimal midcentury home. 7. In a Sydney home from The Design Files. 8. In the living room of Michael's LA home. 9. Part of the MCM-stravaganza at Modern Findings. 10. With a couple of Crate & Barrel Petries in Rich and Emily's Sommerville home. (Images: as linked above)
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