Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was a japanese American sculptor, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. He is known for his innovative and diverse body of work, which spanned sculpture, furniture design and landscape architecture. He was born in 1904 in Los Angeles to the Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, his unique background influenced his creative vision.

Noguchi's early education in art began in New York City, where he was exposed to both traditional Eastern and Western artistic traditions. He studied sculpture under the guidance of onetime assistant to Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi, in Paris. These experiences, along with his Japanese heritage, greatly influenced his artistic perspective.

Noguchi's artistic portfolio includes a wide range of work, but he is most well-known for the following:


Table: Noguchi is celebrated for his innovative furniture designs, most notably his ‘Noguchi’ Coffee Table, which features a glass top balanced on two smoothly shaped wooden elements. This design is a testament to his ability to combine functionalism with sculptural aesthetics.

Isamu Noguchi Coffee Table (IN-50), 1944

Light: One of his most famous works is the "Akari" series of paper lantern sculptures, which are renowned for their elegant simplicity.s


Isamu Noguchi Freeform sofa and ottoman Vitra USA / Switzerland, 1946 / 2002


Isamu Noguchi's sculptures are characterized by their organic and abstract forms. He often worked with stone, metal, and wood to create sculptures that blended the natural and the abstract.

Landscape Architecture

Noguchi had a profound interest in blending sculpture and landscape design, and he created numerous public sculptures and garden designs. His most renowned landscape work is the UNESCO-recognized "Billy Rose Garden" at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.


Long Island City Studio: 

Isamu Noguchi in his studio in Long Island City, Queens Studio, 1964. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 07282. (Photo Dan Budnik. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum / ARS / Estate of Dan Budnik)