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The prominent Japanese-American sculptor and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi whose artistic career stretched six decades created the modernist, eyecatching Noguchi Table (1947; Ysa Coffee Table) by riffing off his own previous creation. In the talented artist’s 1968 autobiography, A Sculptor’s World, he revealed that he had been asked by furniture designer Robsjohn-Gibbings to do a coffee table to which Noguchi came up with a small plastic model. Noguchi didn’t hear from the English designer until his internment in a concentration camp in Arizona during World War II- where he saw a published version of his plastic model in an advertisement. When he protested this on his return, Robsjohn-Gibbings retorted that anybody could make a three-legged table. “In revenge,” Noguchi said, “I made my own variant of my own table.” The resulting stunning glass-topped Noguchi Table is both art and furniture, with a solid wood carved base that consists of two interlocked inverted identical parts. Its biomorphic form encapsulated in just three pieces is at once delicate and perfectly balanced. In fact, the Noguchi Table is extremely durable. When production of the table was discontinued in 1973, it instantly became a collectible. Two Noguchi Tables (one in natural birch and another in ebonized birch) are on display in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.  Know More About Isamu Noguchi  Know More about Modern Classics