By Al3xa. Coffee Tables. At Wednesday, June 13th 2018, 21:40:27 PM.
A few years prior, Robsjohn-Gibbings had asked Noguchi to submit mockups for a table, but Noguchi never heard back and figured his sculptural design had been rejected. Really, Robsjohn-Gibbings had stolen his idea and begun to mass-produce it.
The furious Noguchi sought a short-term furlough, packed up his car, and drove across the country. Once he left the internment camp, he never returned. Instead, he perfected his table design and began producing it for Herman Miller in 1947, getting revenge on Robsjohn-Gibbings, whose own table was made irrelevant by Noguchi’s improved design. Noguchi named the table after himself, lest anyone forget who’d designed it.
As interesting as the process is, and as charmed as the products` names are, the end product is alluring. If you`re a fan of the glass table, you just may want to stop by Artware Editions your next trip to the West Village to take a look.