Did you know about Isamu Noguchi’s hidden passion?

Did you know that, for over three decades, Martha Graham danced on and around abstract sculptures designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)? Yes, the father of the Freeform Sofa and the most famous coffee-table in the history of modern design, also a world-renowned sculptor, and the Grande dame of Modern dance had a perfect connection. A purely professional one, that is… Their first collaboration was for her 1935 “Frontier,” where western landscape had been suggested by a simple fence and two stretched lengths of rope designed by Isamu Noguchi. (…)

Du design & des enfants: Century of the child, growing by design 1900-2000

Un siècle de design pour les enfants : à New York, le MoMA propose une inédite rétrospective de l'incursion du design dans l'univers de l'enfance au cours du 20e siècle - paradigme de la pensée progressive des designers. Le voyage fantastique débute avec l'ouvrage de la suédoise Ellen Key (théoricienne de la société qui prônait une réforme par le design), "Century of the Child", et remonte graduellement jusqu'à l'époque récente (LEGO, figurines Star Wars et autres ordinateurs portables pour les enfants). Plus de 500 objets (jouets et jeux, produits liés à la santé, mobilier, livres...) racontent l'histoire, illustrée d'objets parfois créés par des designers mythiques tels Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, ou Isamu Noguchi (plus d'images ci-après). A whole century of kids' design: in New York, the MoMA displays an extensive survey of 20th Century design for children -  a production that doubles as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. This mesmerizing journey  starts with Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s book Century of the Child, unfolding towards nowadays (think LEGO bricks, laptops, Star Wars artefacts); over 500 items (small objects, toys and games, health and therapeutic products, furniture, books) tell the story, sometimes designed by such mythical figures such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto, Alma Siedhoff, Gerrit Rietveld, El Lissitzky, or Isamu Noguchi (more pictures after the jump).

Le design sculptural d’Isamu Noguchi: On becoming an Artist

Un enfant du siècle, le designer et sculpteur Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) s'est lié d'amitié et a collaboré avec nombre d'artistes de talent. Amy Wolf s'est penchée sur les relations entretenues par ce dernier avec des grands noms de l'art contemporain, de la danse, de l'architecture et du design pour mettre au point cette exposition. "On becoming and artist: Isamu Noguchi and his contemporaries" explore la période allant de 1922 à 1960, au gré de ses rencontres avec Achille Gorky, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi (il eut l'opportunité, grâce à une bourse Guggenheim, de travailler dans son atelier parisien au début des années 1920), Frida Kahlo, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, l'architecte Louis Kahn, et beaucoup d'autres. A child of the century, designer and sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) befriended and worked with quite a deal of talented artists. Noguchi’s most important artistic relationships with influential figures in art, dance, architecture and design have been studied by curator Amy Wolf in order to set up this exhibition; "On becoming and artist: Isamu Noguchi and his contemporaries" focuses on the 1922 to 1960 period, when the American designer was collaborating with Arshile Gorky, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi (we worked as an apprentice for Brancusi in Paris in the early 1920's, thanks to his Guggenheim Fellowship), Frida Kahlo, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, architect Louis Kahn, and many others.