Noguchi Rudder Table
by Herman Miller
designed by Isamu Noguchi
At A Glance:
The Noguchi Rudder Table, designed in 1949 (two years after the celebrated, glass-topped Noguchi Table was designed), has been re-introduced by Herman Miller. This is good news for those who love iconic, groundbreaking design. The Rudder Table is made from a single piece of solid wood, with two bent chrome legs and one "rudder" leg made from the same wood as the top. It mimics the same shape as the glass-topped Noguchi Table, but with a much lighter, cleaner presence.
What's to Like:
- It's a truly beautiful piece. The Rudder Table is poised and well-balanced without being predictable - or even symmetrical.
- Solid wood has always been nice to look at, but it's even nicer when it's been carved or crafted into an intriguing shape.
- This coffee table is the perfect size and height for living room use - without getting in the way.
- The Rudder Table's corners are well-rounded, and its edges are smoothly beveled for a soft look, almost like a vintage surfboard.
Whether you're an Isamu Noguchi fan, a lover of sculpture, a mid-century modern collector, or just someone who can appreciate beauty in whatever form it takes, the Noguchi Rudder Table should be right up your alley. This coffee table won't make everyone happy, but the ranks of those who love its form and material quality will be far larger.
The Herman Miller Noguchi Table is also known by the following manufacturer Item Numbers: IN52, IN52A247, IN52OU47, IN52FD47.
Materials & Measurements
- Wood table top with 3 finish options
- 2 chome legs and 1 wood leg
Overall: 15.75" h x 49.75" w x 35.75" d
About the Manufacturer
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
Herman Miller is an industry leader in the integration of cutting edge technology to furniture and other household items to make everyday life more comfortable, convenient, and stylish. Herman Miller stands out at the forefront of such fields as ergonomic technologies, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, and customizable furniture items.
In addition to producing some of the most outstanding office furniture in the world, Herman Miller has also taken on the responsibility of manufacturing some of the most celebrated furniture designs by some of the world's most famous designs. These "modern classics" include works by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, and Isamu Noguchi. Herman Miller celebrates these famous mid-century designers' works through its extraordinarily precise manufacturing techniques and industry-leading green production processes.
Herman Miller is a global company with operations, sales offices, dealers, and licensees in more than 40 countries in North America, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, serving customers virtually anywhere in the world. Herman Miller is headquartered in Zeeland, Michigan, while manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
About the Designer
Japanese-American designer, Isamu Noguchi, left medical school at Columbia University to attend sculpture classes at the Leonardo da Vinci Art School. Within three months, Noguchi had his first exhibition and was elected into the National Sculpture Society. Noguchi not only worked in sculpture, but he designed sets and costumes for the New York City Ballet and the Martha Graham company. His work can be seen throughout the United States and Japan. Toward the end of his life, Noguchi ensured his collection would be available for public viewing at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island, New York.
"Everything is sculpture," said Isamu Noguchi. "Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider scuplture."
Noguchi believed the scupltor's task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should "disappear" or be as one with its surroundings.
Unwilling and unable to be pigeonholed, Noguchi created sculptures that could be as abstract as Henri Moore's or as realistic as Leonardo's. He used any medium he could get his hands on: stone, metal, wood, clay, bone, paper, or a mixture of any or all--carving, casting, cutting, pounding, chiseling, or dynamiting away as each form took shape.
"To limit yourself to a particular style may make you an expert of that particular viewpoint or school, but I do not wish to belong to any school," he said. "I am always learning, always discovering."
His relationship with Herman Miller came about when one of his designs was used to illustrate an article written by George Nelson called "How to Make a Table." It became his famous "coffee table," and it's as appealing today as it was then. The Noguchi Coffee Table continues to grace living rooms and offices with its sculpted appearance.
This 1949 design by Isamu Noguchi follows his more famous Noguchi Coffee Table of 1947. The Rudder Table shares a near-identically shaped and sized top as the glass-topped Coffee Table, but with a more airy, nautically-inspired base. The table’s name stems from the character of its single wood leg support, which is reminiscent of a ship’s rudder. Paired with two metal hairpin legs, the table seems to visually rest on the rudder leg, lending a visual lightness and grace to the whole.