Cyclone Side Table by Knoll
designed by Isamu Noguchi
The Noguchi Cyclone Side Table was produced in 1953 as an experiment with wire and wood, at first in a kind of rocking stool. Eventually, though, the materials led most clearly to a table, and what Noguchi made stands as one of the fine achievements in furniture design. The Cyclone Side Table is a triumph. Playful and fine, the Cyclone Side Table is considered a companion piece to the world-famous Bertoia wire chair. The Cyclone Side Table is now available from Knoll at full strength, a knockout of a table.
Reintroduced by Knoll in collaboration with the Noguchi foundation, the design is now being meticulously produced from Noguchi's original drawings. The sculptural base consists of a column of chrome-plated steel wires set into a cast-iron black porcelain-finished foot. Knoll is the only authorized and licensed manufacturer and each piece features a signature plate under the table top bearing the Knoll Studio logo and Isamu Noguchi's signature. Available in black or white laminate top with exposed birch edge.
The Cyclone Side Table top is black or white laminate with a natural birch edge. The base is cast iron in a black textured powder-coat. The Cyclone table column is steel wire with a chrome plated finish.
Overall: 20" h x 24" d
About the Designer
Isamu Noguchi was a pre-med student at Columbia University before he left to pursue his art full time. Noguchi supported himself early on by sculpting portrait busts, leading him to meet famed dance choreographer Martha Graham. The fortuitous meeting led to a 30-year collaboration, with Noguchi designing and transposing mythological elements into abstract form for his visionary sets and costumes for The Martha Graham Dance Company. In the 1940s, Noguchi began to experiment in furniture design. One of his designs, a rocking stool with a unique wire base, caught the eye of Hans Knoll who introduced the design, with a matching table, in 1955. Using Noguchi’s original drawings, and in collaboration with the Noguchi Foundation, Knoll reintroduced the tables in 2003. Although he developed products for Zenith, Steuben Glassworks, Herman Miller, and Knoll, Isamu Noguchi is not defined by his industrial design. He is most remembered as a sculptor, landscape artist, and set designer. His work, including his famous stone sculptures, can be seen at the Isamu Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York.