Rudder table by Isamu Noguchi for Herman Miller


Authentic Rudder coffee table IN-52 with fin support designed in 1949 by Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). It has an amorphic shaped top much the same as isamu’s more famous glass topped coffee table. This design is an authorised archival reissue by Herman Miller.

Inspiration Sculpture and furniture design were intertwined for Isamu, who was influenced by his father Yonejiro, a Japanese poet, and his mother Leonie, a writer of Irish descent.

Hidden Features The american plywood will become a richer deeper tone over time.

Fabrication Multiply American walnut, two chrome tubular hairpin supports and single carved solid american walnut ‘surf fin’.

Design Consigned Stylist A Japanese meets west coast American mid century modernism collectible. Casual and cool, ready for your coastal surf shack.

Design Consigned Collector Authentic original, circa 2006, made in the USA by Herman Miller.

Mark of authenticity Base wears Isamu Noguchi Herman Miller sticker, and comes with verified 2016 purchase invoice.

Provenance One owner 2016. a few minor scratches to top, unlikely to be noticed.

DC Insider 2024 RRP AUD $4,055. An early 1944 pre production version of the Rudder table sold recently at auction for $27,500 !


H40cm W127cm D90cm




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