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Isamu Noguchi | Rudder Table by Herman Miller

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“Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.” (Isamu Noguchi)

The Herman Miller Collection is pleased to introduce a re-edition of Isamu Noguchi’s 1949 Rudder Table. Its name stems from the characteristic wood support, which when paired with the two metal hairpin legs, is reminiscent of a ship’s rudder. It shares an identically shaped and sized top of the glass Noguchi table from 1947 which has become one of the most iconic Herman Miller products since its reintroduction in 1984 Noguchi believed the sculptor’s task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should “disappear,” or be as one with its surroundings. Perhaps it was his dual heritage—his father was a Japanese poet, his mother a Scottish-American writer—that resulted in his way of looking at the world with an eye for “oneness.” His extraordinary range of projects included playgrounds and plazas, furniture and gardens, the stone-carved busts, and Akari paper lights. He also designed numerous stage sets for dancer-choreographer Martha Graham, who was as much an influence on him as was his mentor, Constantin Brancusi

Noguchi’s relationship with Herman Miller came about when a design of his was used to illustrate an article written by George Nelson called “How to Make a Table.” This resulted in the production of the original Noguchi table.


The Rudder Table, made of walnut, ebony or white ash with chrome legs, joins other recently re-issued or updated classic designs from the Herman Miller archive that help form a backbone to “The Herman Miller Collection” a carefully curated group of furnishings designed to meet the needs of today’s more casual workplace and modern home.

About The Herman Miller Collection

In 1948, George Nelson created the first Herman Miller Collection, with the goal of “a permanent collection designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” He understood that the Collection would evolve as human behavior changed and new materials and manufacturing technologies emerged. Today’s modern living embraces the blending of life and work, with greater appreciation for contemporary design and mobile and ubiquitous technologies offering new freedom of choice in where and how people express their lifestyles and pursue their professions. The Herman Miller Collection welcomes and enriches this new era, as we endeavor to realize Nelson’s vision for the modern home, office, and public spaces.

About Herman Miller

Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. The company’s award-winning products and services generated approximately $1.8 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013. A past recipient of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Herman Miller designs can be found in the permanent collections of museums worldwide. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2012, Herman Miller again received the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating in its annual Corporate Equality Index and was named among the 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by Industry Week. Herman Miller is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Designer: Isamu Noguchi
Producer: Herman Miller
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