Frankenstein Chair with Art By Paul Karslake, Manufactured by Wish Interiors.
When I find myself in what I would call a “Destination Neighborhood” – meaning an area that I wouldn’t normally be in except for a planned visit to a specific site or event – I always try to do as much as possible in that locale before returning home, because I probably won’t be going back any time soon. And so it happened that when Geoffrey and I made the haul out to Long Island City to visit the Socrates Sculpture Park, we also walked just a few blocks up Vernon Blvd to the Noguchi Museum, which Geoffrey had pegged as a stop well worth making. As usual, he was right on.
Here is a little background on Noguchi from his Wikipedia entry, in case you are unfamiliar with his work. Isamu Noguchi was a prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect whose artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s onward. Known for his sculpture and public works, Noguchi also designed stage sets for various Martha Graham productions, and several mass-produced lamps and furniture pieces, some of which are still manufactured and sold.
In 1947, Noguchi began a collaboration with the Herman Miller company, when he joined with George Nelson, Paul László and Charles Eames to produce a catalog containing what is often considered to be the most influential body of modern furniture ever produced, including the iconic Noguchi table which remains in production today.
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum is devoted to the preservation, documentation, presentation, and interpretation of Noguchi’s work. It is the first Museum in America established by a living artist of his own work, and it contains the world’s richest holdings of Noguchi’s art.
The Museum honors and preserves Noguchi’s minimalist design aesthetic, exhibiting a core group of works for permanent viewing, with other works on rotation. It’s amazing how the museum was designed to display his sculptures in the most appropriate setting, which includes a semi-open main floor plan, a gorgeous green Sculpture Garden and several floors of pristine stone and wood floor galleries that serve to make Noguchi’s sculptures seem as if they are in their perfect, organic surroundings.
The layout of the museum definitely enhanced our enjoyment of the art and of the visit experience overall.
Isamu Noguchi passed away on December 30, 1988, at the age of 84, but his work lives on in this fantastic museum that is a must-see for lovers of art and design.
The Noguchi Museum is Located at 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY 11106. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 AM -6:00 PM, Closed Monday & Tuesday. Visit This Link for complete information including travel directions by car and subway, and admission prices.
I guess this a different way to wear a shoe? Love it!
Talk about Fierce! I’ve heard of going on a “Couch Safari” but this Taxidermy-inspired Tiger Skin Sofa is taking it a bit to the extreme! If you’re looking for a conversation-starting centerpiece for your living room perhaps this will work? Animal lovers and conservationists can rest assured that the tiger pelt is an upholstery reproduction and we are guessing that the head is a fabrication as well. Not sure of the price tag but you can find out how to get one of these Rodolfo Rocchetti designed beauties for your home at Tappezzeria Rocchetti.
There is little doubt that you would be the only person in your neighborhood to own one of these glass-topped tables, with a model of HR Giger’s Alien creature serving as its base, but having one in your home still looks like a dangerous proposition to me. More information on the table, along with pictures and pricing (the scariest part) are available at This Link.
Wow, I love this thing! This artistically cool table by designer Yuka Izutsu is made up of fluorescent pink acrylic in a faux woodgrain pattern with various small orb-shaped adornments. It’s almost more of a sculpture /piece of art than functional furniture, but it sure would make a bold statement as an addition to any interior. More pictures can be seen at This Link.
You’ll find all kinds of whimsical, fun furniture over at design website Jellio Dot Com, like this really cool Ice Cream Sandwich Bench that would look super cute in a kid’s room, or even make a statement among more traditional contemporary furniture in an adult bedroom or den. Constructed of solid foam throughout, the chocolate wafer cushions are covered in dark brown canvas, while the vanilla ice cream center is covered in cream-colored velvet, with wooden legs. Dimensions: 20″W x 48″L x 18″H. Sells for just $950 plus shipping. See the link above for purchasing details. Sweet!
Experience the excitement of space travel without the risks by adding the Nova Black Hole Illuminated Coffee Table to your home décor instead. This futuristic table designed by Jon Gilmore features a center section with concentric rows of white LED lights that resemble a black hole sucking up light rays. The glass table top serves the dual purpose of supporting your drinks or oversized picture books and protecting you from falling in. The body of the table is made from aluminum in a shiny silver finish and is shaped a bit like an alien spaceship. Functional and innovative, the Black Hole table will look as good in your home as it would in the Jetsons’ living room. Currently priced to move at just $1,069.99, the table’s dimensions are 42”W x 42”D x 16”H. For more specs and purchasing info please visit This Link.