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Freeform Sofa & Ottoman

HK$89,930
Pre-Order Lead Time: 16 - 18 weeks
Designed by Isamu Noguchi, 1946

The Freeform Sofa has a thin but comfortable layer of upholstery padding that enhances its air of lightness and dynamic energy.

The sculptural quality of Noguchi's design vocabulary finds expression in the Freeform Sofa: it is entirely different from other designs of the same period, appearing in combination with the Ottoman like an enlarged sculpture of flat, rounded river stones. The slender organic forms are fluid and graceful. Noguchi emphasises the lightness of the elements with thin yet comfortable upholstery and a choice of cover fabrics in natural colours.

The Freeform Sofa and companion Ottoman were produced around 1950 in limited numbers. Today, the few remaining pieces achieve record prices at auction. The designs have been manufactured in an authentic re-edition since 2002. The sofa is suitable not only for use in living spaces, but also in lobbies, hotels and retail shops.

Isamu Noguchi is revered as a universal talent with a creative oeuvre that went beyond sculpture to encompass stage sets, furniture, lighting and interiors as well as outdoor plazas and gardens. His sculptural style is indebted to a vocabulary of organic forms and exerted a sustained influence on 1950s design.

'My Father, Yone Noguchi is Japanese and has long been known as an interpreter of the East and West, through poetry. I wish to do the same thing through sculpture.'
Isamu Noguchi wrote this in his proposal for a Guggenheim Fellowship.


Materials:
Frame: solid beech
Body and cushions: wooden frame with polyurethane foam
Covers: removable
Legs: solid maple, natural finish or walnut stain
Origin of wood: beech (Fagus sylvatica), maple (Acer platanoides) and walnut (Juglans regia) from Poland and Austria

Dimensions:
Sofa: L300 x D130 x H72cm
Seat height: 32cm (28cm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1)
Ottoman: L120 x D71 x H32cm