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Cyclone Table

About the Design

The playful Cyclone table, designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904–88), initially wasn’t a table at all. But the versatile artist, who both worked across disciplines and used widely varying materials, was likely accustomed to things not going exactly as planned. 


The insatiably curious son of a Japanese poet and an Irish-American writer, Noguchi yearned to become a sculptor from a young age. He was so moved by the abstract sculpture of Constantin Brancusi — who he assisted in Paris — that he spent several months in Beijing and Japan, studying calligraphy, brush drawing and gardens. Noguchi traveled extensively and viewed materiality, particularly clay and stone, as elemental and even sacred. He excelled in sculpture, and, as a lifelong set designer for such famous choreographers as Martha Graham — who he met while he was sculpting portrait busts — he was uniquely attuned to movement and the relationship between objects and their environment. Ever the venturesome artist, Noguchi began to explore furniture design in the 1940s.


Before it would become the Cyclone table, the sculptor’s metal wire and wood piece took the shape of a rocking stool for legendary furniture manufacturer Knoll. Hans Knoll, the company’s cofounder, was drawn to the chair's distinctive base and thought, “Why not make it a small table to complement Harry Bertoia’s wire chair for children?” Noguchi’s piece was eventually manufactured in a variety of sizes and later, in 1954, it evolved into a side table. It wasn’t until 1957 that Knoll produced it as a full-fledged dining table. 


Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Table

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Isamu Noguchi Children’s Size Cyclone Table by Modernica
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Southampton, NJ
Isamu Noguchi children’s size cyclone table by Modernica having chromed steel supports with mahogany base and top. Very good condition.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Stainless Steel

Isamu Noguchi, "Cyclone" Table for Knoll, 1960s, Child's Size
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Rare, child's size "Cyclone" table by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll, 1960s. Beautiful, original condition. Top has been professionally cleaned and looking great! Ideal side table!    ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Materials

Iron

Isamu Noguchi for Knoll Black Top Cyclone Side Table
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in Ferndale, MI
Cyclone occasional table designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll. Round cast iron base holds wire cyclone base supporting black laminate top. Partial Knoll label remains.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables

Materials

Iron

Signed Mid-Century Modern Round Cyclone Dining Table by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A smaller scale circular dining table designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll. It features a white laminate top atop a steel rod and black iron base.
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Steel, Iron

Isamu Noguchi 1960's Cyclone table by Knoll
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Portland, ME
Originally designed as a stool, Isamu Noguchi's "Cyclone" table attracted Hans Knoll's attention as a complement to the Bertoia wire collection. Comprised of a conical array of chrom...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

Materials

Iron

Isamu Noguchi Cyclone Cafe Dining Table for Knoll
By Isamu Noguchi
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A smaller sized Noguchi Cyclone cafe sized table with white formica top, chromed crossed wire pedestal and satin black steel base. Great size for a eat in kitchen or small apartment ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Isamu Noguchi for Knoll Cyclone Dining Table
By Isamu Noguchi, Knoll
Located in Atlanta, GA
"Cyclone" model dining table, designed by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll, American, circa 1950s. Retains early Knoll label underneath.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Tables

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Noguchi Cyclone Table for Knoll, USA, 1960s, Four Available
By Knoll, Isamu Noguchi
Located in New York, NY
Early cyclone dining tables designed by Noguchi for Knoll. Diameter of large top is 48". Some wear from normal usage. All retaining the pre 1969 labels. Tables are priced separately.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Center Tables

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