American, 1904–1988. American designer and sculptor, Isamu Noguchi was of the critically acclaimed artist of the 20th century. Highly influenced by Japanese Zen gardens, Jean Arp, and Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Noguchi rose to fame with his 1946 biomorphic interlocking stone sculptures. He integrated Japanese aesthetics with Western modernism to create unexpected aesthetic combinations. Throughout his life, he experimented with art, architecture, and design to create such iconic furniture, sculpture, drawings, set designs, and ceramics including his iconic “Akari Light Sculptures.” He designed several iconic furniture pieces including a coffee table that led to his successful collaboration with the modernist design manufacturer Herman Miller.