Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was told he could never be a sculptor by his mentor, who designed Mount Rushmore. However, the Japanese American designer and artist worked in many mediums and industries, including sculpture, landscape architecture, furniture and lighting design and public art. His lifelong career demonstrated how wrong his instructor was.
Noguchi’s most famous design was his Noguchi Coffee Table. The modern structure clearly shows his artistic roots, as it explores negative space, organic shapes and asymmetry.
Noguchi’s artistic and product designs continue to be widely acknowledged by museum exhibits, the Noguchi Museum in New York City and the popular Noguchi Coffee Table. He is also featured on a 37 cent stamp by the US Postal Service.