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Vintage Isamu Noguchi Measured Time Black Bakelite Clock and Kitchen Timer Model
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This circa 1930s Hawkeye electric clock timer was designed by noted sculptor, landscape artist and industrial designer Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). The piece features a shiny black bak...
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Vintage 1930s Japanese Art Deco More Clocks

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Measured Time Clock and Kitchen Timer
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Measured time clock of bakelite, glass, metal, plastic, and printed paper, produced by the Stevenson Mfg Co, c. 1932. A wind-up model in fine original condition. An Isamu Noguchi Mac...
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Vintage 1930s American Machine Age Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Hawkeye Clock & Kitchen Timer
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Hawkeye kitchen timer and clock by Isamu Noguchi, c.1930s. This 1932 design was Isamu Noguchi's first commercial design. The pieces features an arched black Bakelite frame that house...
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Vintage 1930s American Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Isamu Noguchi Biography and Important Works

A sculptor, painter, ceramicist and furniture and lighting designer, Isamu Noguchi was one of the most prolific and protean creative forces of the 20th century and a key figure in the development of organic modernism. Noguchi’s sculptures and designs share a common spirit: one of lyrical abstraction, tempo and flow and harmonious balance.

Noguchi was born in Los Angeles to an American mother and Japanese father, and spent most of his childhood in Japan. He returned to the United States at age 13, went to high school in Indiana and enrolled at Columbia University to study medicine. At the same time, he took night courses in sculpture. Within three months, he left college to pursue art full time. Noguchi was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927 and traveled to Paris to work under Constantin Brancusi. It marked a turning point. Inspired by Brancusi, Noguchi embraced abstraction and began to sculpt in the expressive, rhythmic style that would be the hallmark of his work.

Once back in New York, Noguchi was introduced to design by what would become a lifelong collaboration creating sets for choreographer Martha Graham. His first industrial designs were in Bakelite: a sleek clock-timer created circa 1932, and his famed Zenith Radio Nurse intercom, from 1937. Ten years later, Herman Miller introduced Noguchi’s now-iconic glass-topped coffee table with an articulated wooden base. His washi paper and bamboo Akari light sculptures, handmade in Japan, debuted in 1951. In the late 1950s, Noguchi designed for Knoll, creating such pieces as his dynamic Cyclone table and rocking stool.

For collectors, Noguchi’s furniture and lighting designs remain his most accessible work. As you will see on 1stDibs, they have the same power and presence that Noguchi brought to his art.

Isamu Noguchi Biography and Important Works

Isamu Noguchi Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are often made from Paper, and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Isamu Noguchi Furniture collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 12 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Isamu Noguchi were created in Asia during the 1950s in the Mid-Century Modern style. Prices for Isamu Noguchi Furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Priced at $6,800 on 1stDibs, these items top out at $21,759, while pieces like these can sell for $10,879.