So enjoyed hosting Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Museum in class today, speaking about Noguchi’s love for design, about the remarkable tables that he created throughout his career for various companies, and about their place in the marketplace. Hart’s talk was fascinating, enriching, and inspiring, and it was the tables which Noguchi created for the private homes of four presidents of the Museum of Modern Art, which have captured the imagination of our audience. Interestingly, the interlocking elements that were to form the design of three of these tables, were carried by Noguchi into his sculptures. In 1937, the American sculptor was commissioned by MoMA’s first president A. Conger Goodyear to design a table for his summer home in Old Westbury, which was designed by Eduard Durell Stone (above). The table, made of thick glass-top and stack laminated rosewood was recently sold by Phillips, attracted design lovers from across the globe who flew to New York to see the famed table in person. Next came the laminated primavera wood table, which Noguchi created for MoMA’s president Philip Goodwin, and which has remained in the permanent collection of the Museum. In 1947, Noguchi created a dining table of laminated white beech wood for MoMA’s president William S. M. Burden; this table was destroyed by fire in 1998. The last table he created for the Chappaqua’s home of Samuel C. Dretzin in 1948 was the only one made in marble; it was recently sold by Christie's.
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