Noguchi based his design for the Dining Table on his own Rocking Stool, an example of which is held in the Museum Of Modern Art in New York City. A central supporting base made of chromed steel wire rods is attached to a cast-iron ring-shaped base which simultaneously offers weighty support whilst also displaying a delicate aesthetic. The piece is topped by a plywood table-top, which is coated in a hard laminate surface, finished in white, which serves to further amplify the elegant, light feel of the dining table. The Vitra Noguchi Dining Table is available in two sizes, one with a diameter of 90cm, and one with a diameter of 121cm, ensuring that there's an option to suit most needs, and would pair well with the Vitra Noguchi Coffee Table.
Isamu Noguchi was an American-Japanese designer who originally trained as a sculptor and brought a sculptural sensibility to everything he created: lighting, furniture, gardens and stage sets. He studied sculpture, after dropping out of medical school, in late 1920s New York and then in Paris as an assistant to Constantin Brancusi.
Noguchi designed a range of paper Akari lights throughout the 1950s and 1960s, alongside the popular organic furniture he made in curvy sculpted wood now part of the Vitra Collection, such as the Freeform Sofa and Coffee Table. He was equally prolific as a landscape architect; he recreated the ancient Buddhist stone gardens he had loved in Kyoto at Lever House in New York (1951), UNESCO in Paris (1951), the Yale campus (1960) and Jerusalem’s Israel Museum (1960).