Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988), Produced by Herman Miller Inc. (Zeeland, Michigan, established 1923).
Game Table, designed 1944; produced 1947–1949 Ebonized wood laminate, aluminum, paint, and acrylic, 22 x 27 1/4 x 22 1/2 in.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Gift of Gilbert and J. Dorothy Palay, M1990.59a,b,c
Photo by John R. Glembin
You can’t find a more stylish game table for your living room. While Isamu Noguchi’s iconic coffee table appears in living rooms and design showrooms around the world, this seductive Game Table design is far more rare. In 1944, Noguchi was invited to design a game board for the exhibition The Imagery of Chess organized by artists Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp, who remarked that “while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” Noguchi’s table combined the organic principles and movement of his sculpture with a subtle chess grid on top. The dynamic lacquered, cast-aluminum design was extremely expensive to produce, so it was made only for a few years in limited edition by Herman Miller.
Mae E. Demmer Assistant Curator of 20th-century Design
Milwaukee Art Museum