Japanese – American sculptor – Isamu Noguchi – Freeform sofa 1946 – Herman Miller
Japanese – American sculptor -Isamu Noguchi’s predilection for biomorphic language is well represented in his 1946 Freeform Sof. His sculptural background informs the fluid shape of the piece, which looks as though is it made from two large, flat stones, yet has a dynamic, light appearance. the thin cushion and ensure comfort. freeform is upholstered in wool and supported by a beechwood frame with maple feet. In all his design work, Noguchi combined a knowledge of contemporary sculptural forms with a mastery of technical skills. An assistant of Constantin Brancusi in 1927 and an admirer of Alexander Calder, Noguchi drew on these influences in his work.
SHAPES AND INTERACTION
As a sculptor, Noguchi was interested in materials and shapes as well as their interaction with space. he believed that everyday objects should be perceived as sculptures with a functional value, or ‘thins for everyone’s pleasure.’ the freeform design, radically different from his other works of the time, was produced for only a few years and in small quantities.
Foremost a sculptor, Isamu Noguchi softened the edge of 20th-century modernism with his satisfyingly organic furniture designs. His sought-after classic Free Form Sofa and Ottoman (1946) have been newly reissued by the Vitra Design Museum in partnership with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation. A statement-making piece, the sofa has a grandly scaled, open form that accommodates multiple people. The design is lightly padded and provides a firm seating surface for public spaces and formal living rooms. The ottoman nestles into the sofa’s curved form to function as a footrest, perch or table. Low, rounded maple legs in either a walnut-stained or natural finish lend a sense of animation. Anthracite fabric upholstery features walnut-stained legs; green and light grey feature natural maple finished legs. The sofa and ottoman are part of a serial edition and feature numbered plates of authenticity. Covers are removable for dry-cleaning. Made in Germany.
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