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Noguchi® Coffee Table

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Availability:
4 - 6 weeks
Manufacturer:
Herman Miller

The perfect balance—literally—between art and furniture. Sculptor Isamu Noguchi created his distinctive table by joining a curved, wood base with a freeform glass top. The ethereal result does not diminish the practical design—a sturdy and durable table. This marriage of sculptural form and everyday function has made the Noguchi table an understated and beautiful element in homes and offices since its introduction in 1948.

Noguchi was an inveterate scrounger. He scavenged his New York neighborhood for all kinds of materials he could use for his sculptures and other projects. George Nelson, our design director at the time, said he was visiting Noguchi's studio while Noguchi was creating a table for his sister; the prototype he was working on was made from materials he had picked up in alleys and on the street.

Isamu Noguchi says in his autobiography that the design began after another designer "borrowed" a Noguchi design for a three-legged table, then offered it for sale. That designer answered Noguchi's protests by saying, "Anybody can make a three-legged table." So Noguchi set out to design a different three-legged table. One that not just anybody could make.

Were the tables in these two stories one and the same? Probably. Because George Nelson asked Noguchi to allow him to use the design he saw that day to illustrate an article called "How to Make a Table." And he also wanted Herman Miller to produce it. From the time it first appeared on the market as a Herman Miller table in 1948, it became perhaps Noguchi's most recognized work.

Noguchi was, first and foremost, a sculptor who believed his task was to shape and bring order to space. He also believed that art should become as one with its surroundings. In a long lifetime of creative work, Noguchi designed gardens and plazas, fountains and murals, furniture and paper lamps, and stage sets for modern dance pioneer Martha Graham. But he said that of all the furniture designs he created, the table that bears his name represented his only true success.

DIMENSIONS
  • Coffee table
    • 36"W x 50"D x 15.75"H
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MATERIALS

The table is just three pieces. A 3/4-inch plate-glass top rests on two curved, solid wood legs that interlock to form a tripod for self-stabilizing support. Although it looks delicate, it is solid, perfectly balanced, durable. It's also a good size: 15 ¾ inches high, 50 inches wide, 36 inches deep. 

The solid wood base of the table is available in Noguchi black, walnut, natural cherry, and white ash. The ash base is finished with a process that arrests the wood in its natural, "freshly cut" state. The resulting color is a creamy white that will not turn yellow or golden over time. The table with white ash base is a beautiful complement to the Eames lounge chair and ottoman with white ash veneer and pearl premium leather. To distinguish the real Noguchi table from the cheap knockoffs, we have etched Noguchi's signature on the longest edge of the glass top and on a medallion on the underside of the base.

ENVIRONMENTAL

15% biobased materials; 85% recyclable

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RETURNS & EXCHANGES

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Designer

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"Everything is sculpture," said Isamu Noguchi. "Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture."

Noguchi believed the sculptor's task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should "disappear," or be as one with its surroundings. Perhaps it was his dual heritage—his father was a Japanese poet, his mother a Scottish-American writer—that resulted in his way of looking at the world with an eye for "oneness."

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 extraordinary range of projects included playgrounds and plazas, furniture and gardens, the stone-carved busts, and Akari paper lights, so delicate they could be folded and put into an envelope. He also designed numerous stage sets for dancer-choreographer Martha Graham, who was as much an influence on him as was his mentor, Constantin Brancusi.

Noguchi was intelligent, articulate, and sensitive. During World War II, at a dark time in U.S. history, he voluntarily entered a relocation camp for Japanese-Americans in Arizona—and then was unable to get permission to leave. After seven months, he was granted liberation. "I was finally free," he said gratefully. ". . . I resolved henceforth to be an artist only."

His relationship with Herman Miller came about when a design of his was used to illustrate an article written by George Nelson called "How to Make a Table." It became his famous "coffee table," originally introduced in 1947 and reissued in 1984.

Other notable commissions include the gardens for the UNESCO Building in Paris, five fountains for the Supreme Court Building in Tokyo, and a high-relief mural for the Abelardo Rodriguez Market in Mexico City.

Noguchi died in 1988 after a brilliant career that spanned more than six decades. For someone who was told by his first art teacher at age 15 that he'd "never be a sculptor," he left an amazing legacy.

Care & Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.

Glass

For normal cleaning, use products specifically designed for glass.

Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning 
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Stains
Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads. Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray.Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet. Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.

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5 YEAR WARRANTY

What's Covered

Herman Miller's warranty covers everything—including electrical components, casters, pneumatic cylinders, tilts, and all moving mechanisms. It recognizes the changing nature of work and the need for products that can stand up to continuous use. This means that when warranty work is performed in the U.S. and Canada, Herman Miller foots the bill. They promise to stand behind their quality 100 percent. Designed to improve your environment whether it's an office, hospital, school, home, an entire building, or the world at large.

How to Schedule Service

If you need product service or repair, please contact the Herman Miller dealer or retailer. They will be able to make the final determination whether the issue is specifically covered under the warranty and eligible for replacement or repair.

Provisions that apply to all Herman Miller-branded products and services:

Herman Miller, Inc. (“Herman Miller”), 855 East Main Avenue, PO Box 302, Zeeland, Michigan 49464-0302, USA, warrants the products sold by it and its subsidiaries to be free from defects in material and workmanship, regardless of the number of shifts during which the products are used, for the warranty periods specified.This warranty covers the sale of Herman Miller product in all countries. During the applicable warranty period, Herman Miller, as its sole obligation, will repair or replace (at its option) any product, part, or component covered by this warranty and sold after the effective date of this warranty which fails under normal use as a result of a defect in material or workmanship; Herman Miller will repair or replace the aforementioned product, part, or component with a comparable product, part, or component.This warranty extends only to the original purchasers who acquire new product from Herman Miller, its subsidiaries, or its authorized resellers. Any product, part, or component must have been used according to Herman Miller’s published instructions and installed and maintained by a Herman Miller factory-trained technician or an authorized Herman Miller dealer installer. If these requirements are met, warranty coverage will be extended. Any misuse, abuse, or modification to the original product voids the warranty. Herman Miller does not warrant the performance of the product when used in combination with other than original Herman Miller product.The warranty period starts from the date of purchase.This document inclusively describes all of the warranties given and remedies available with respect to the company’s products and services. Herman Miller and its subsidiaries disclaim any other warranty whether express or implied, statutory or otherwise, in relation to the products.

Herman Miller does not warrant:
• natural variations in wood grain or figure or the presence of character marks
• changes in surface finishes, including colorfastness, due to aging or exposure to light
• marks, scars, or wrinkles occurring naturally in leather
• veins, marks, voids, fissures, or cracks found naturally in stone

In addition, Herman Miller does not warrant:
• failure resulting from normal wear and tear
• pilling of textiles
• the matching of colors, grains, or textures of natural materials
• the colorfastness or the matching of colors of textiles, including an exact match to cuttings, samples, or to swatch cards
• damage, marking, or staining of veneer surfaces due to contact with rubber or similar compounds; damage from sharp objects or imprinting from writing instruments, or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
• discoloration of Lyris™, Lyris 2, and any light-colored textiles due to soiling, stains, or dye transfer from clothing including denim
• foreign objects abrading fabric over time

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