The collection
Circular table with white surfaced and wood-edged top on a crisscrossing steel wire and black disc base.
1953, redesigned c. 1957

Dining Table

Designed by
Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988)
Formica, veneered beaverboard, enameled iron, chromium-plated steel
Produced by
Knoll Associates, Inc., New York, New York
87.5 x 120.5 x 120.5 cm

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, D81.102.1

The design of this dining table was derived from an almost identical form Noguchi used for a rocking stool in 1953. From the stool, Noguchi designed a children’s table in the same form, which then was enlarged for the dining table, each one with a circular top supported by crisscrossing V-shaped metal uprights that appear to be twisted into a taut structure.

Noguchi, a noted sculptor, designed modern furniture for both Herman Miller and Knoll. Though it appears precariously balanced with its broad wood-laminate top, this minimal design is stabilized by a weighted base and functions well as a desk or for dining.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, photo: Giles Rivest. © 2019 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation & Garden Museum / SOCAN.