Isamu Noguchi Tea Cup
  • Isamu Noguchi Tea Cup
  • Isamu Noguchi Tea Cup
  • Isamu Noguchi Tea Cup
  • Isamu Noguchi Tea Cup
Although Tea Cup reveals the formal language of modern design, it is actually based on an ancient Japanese terracotta cup that was in Noguchi’s possession. With this tea cup and saucer Noguchi succeeded in creating a sculptural object that in a unique manner blended western Modernism with the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

The fork, knife, and tea spoon, which presumably were created around the same time, demonstrate how Isamu Noguchi should be seen rather as a sculptor than a designer.

Collection Vitra Design Museum.

Material:
highly polished stainless steel, ceramic

Design:
Isamu Noguchi

Manufacturer:
Vitra