As the first piece of furniture that American sculptor Isamu Noguchi designed, the Goodyear Table, which was sold this evening at Phillips, is consider as one of the most important tables created in the past century. In 1939, Noguchi was commissioned by A. Conger Goodyear, President of MoMA to create a table for the living room of his weekend home in Old Westbury, New York, a striking modernist villa, designed by Edward Durrell Stone. The table heralded Noguchi’s philosophy that furniture is much more than the function it comes to fulfill, but work of art in its own right. It was conceived just like Noguchi’s “interlocking” sculptures that he did in that period, in stack-laminated rosewood. The table was gifted together with the house to New York Institute of Technology in the 70s, and was purchased by the present owner from Ricco/Maresca Gallery in 2003. Design lovers and dealers from all over the world have flown to New York to view the table may never be on view again. It fetched $4,475,000.