Isamu Noguchi Freeform Sofa
  • Isamu Noguchi Freeform Sofa
Noguchi’s sculptural idiom gains full expression in this sofa, which clearly distinguishes itself from other designs of the same period. The sofa and ottoman seem almost like a greatly enlarged sculpture of flat, rounded river stones; yet at the same time, their slender organic forms are graceful and vigorous.

Noguchi emphasised this effect with thin, but extremely comfortable upholstery padding and a choice of cover fabrics in natural colours. The Freeform Sofa and companion Ottoman were produced around 1950in limited number. Today, the few remaining pieces achieve record prices at auction. Since 2002, the group has been produced by the Vitra DesignMuseum as a fully authentic re-edition. The sofa is suitable not only for use in the living room, but also in lobbies, hotels and retail shops.

Two examples of Noguchi's predilection for sculptural lines are his Freeform Sofa and Ottoman, the shapes of which are reminiscent of river pebbles. Noguchi himself described his design as "soft rock". Thanks to its organic shape and the natural tones of its upholstery fabric the sofa has a light, elegant feel, despite its voluminous form.

Materials:
wooden beech frame, classic upholstery, removable fabric cover,
legs natural maple or stained walnut colour.

Designer:
Isamu Noguchi

Manufacturer:
Vitra