In 1939 his art caught the attention of A. Conger Goodyear, director of the MoMA, who orders a table. Noguchi places a glass top on an assembly of two free shaped pieces in rosewood. This is his first piece of furniture. It was sold for $ 4.5M including premium by Phillips on December 16, 2014.
In 1945 George Nelson was appointed Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company. Nelson is a modernist visionary for whom furnishing must have simple shapes and fit harmoniously into the living environment. Noguchi's small coffee table inspired from the Goodyear table enters Herman Miller's catalog in 1947. It is one of the most sustainable successes of design.
Encouraged by this achievement, Noguchi accepts custom orders for unique pieces. A large 34 x 124 x 112 cm coffee table in marble ordered in 1948 and delivered in 1949 was sold for $ 2.9M including premium by Christie's on June 14, 2012 over a lower estimate of $ 800K.
On June 7 in Chicago, Wright sells a dining table of the same dates, 196 x 145 x 66 cm in marble and oak, lot 114 estimated $ 1M here linked in the LiveAuctioneers bidding platform. The spectacular pink Georgia marble was also used by Noguchi for his most important sculptures.
The asymmetrical shape on three legs is innovative and the rather low height reminds the Japanese tables. Near the center a removable aluminum bowl is recessed, inviting to install a pot of flowers.
This table was part of a special commission from the young fashion photographers Milton and Evelyn Greene, along with a sofa and an ottoman. Remaining in close relationship with Noguchi, Milton Greene used this set to attract celebrities in his pose sessions with a playful and modernist atmosphere. At first the best known were Marlene Dietrich and Lisa Fonssagrives. Later he hosted for two years Marilyn Monroe in what was perhaps the most stable period of her life.
SOLD for $ 1.4M before fees