American sculptor Isamu Noguchi was a part of generation of artists passionate about experimenting with design. His collaboration with Herman Miller, the Michigan-based American manufacturer of office and home furnishings during the 40s and 50s resulted in some of the most memorable pieces of furniture, the most famous of which is the so called Noguchi Table. But it is the furniture that never entered production or which was produced for a short period of time which has become the focus of interest for design collectors worldwide. His avant-garde Rudder dining table and stools suite, which was introduced in 1948, was sold yesterday by Wright's design sale. One of only three known original complete sets to come to market, it fetched $130K. The first set in a blonde finish was broken up and sold in the late 1990s as individual lots by Sotheby’s Chicago; the second, featuring a dark lacquered finish was purchased from Herman Miller in 1954 by Margaret Hasting and sold at auction by Wright in June of 2013; and this one, the third known set, was acquired directly from Herman Miller in 1949, recently sold by the original owner in four individual lots auctioned by John Moran Auctioneers.
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