The Noguchi Rudder Table is both surface and sculpture. Its asymmetrical yet balanced composition marries nature with industry, beauty with function. The shape of its veneered top and the combination of metal and wood legs are true to Noguchi's original design.
Much like the designer's iconic glass-topped table, the Rudder Table exemplifies Noguchi's skillful use of deceptively simple organic forms to create highly functional and beautiful furniture.
The table's name stems from the character of its single wood leg support, which is reminiscent of a ship's rudder. Paired with two metal hairpin legs, the table seems to rest on the rudder leg, lending a visual lightness and grace to the whole.
The Master of Balance:
In his sculpture, architecture, outdoor environments, and theatre designs, Noguchi masterfully balanced past and present, myth and modern science, and aesthetics and function. His furniture designs were no different - a fact George Nelson quickly recognised during visits to Noguchi's Washington Square studio in New York City
How to Make a Table:
Nelson was impressed by what he called Noguchi's "fabulous craftsmanship" and innovative use of marble. He used Noguchi's iconic glass-topped coffee table to illustrate his article, "How to Make a Table," which led to Noguchi's relationship with Herman Miller. This relationship resulted in the designer's Rudder series of tables and stools.
Everything Is Sculpture:
The Rudder Table exemplifies one of Noguchi's signature aesthetics. He said, "Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture." Noguchi's approach to design led him to use industrial and natural materials to create objects like his Rudder Table, which is both a beautiful sculpture and a functioning coffee table.
|H: 400 mm|
|W: 1264 mm|
|D: 908 mm|
With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.
Wood & Veneer
Dust regularly with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the directionof the wood grain.
Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.
Once a month
Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.
Twice a year
Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.
For normal cleaning, wet cheesecloth in a nonabrasive cleaner, like liquid dish soap, and rub the chrome component lightly until the original luster reappears. Dry the component with a soft cloth to remove any soap residue.
Herman Miller veneers meet strict testing standards for resistance to wear, light, stains, water, and pressure. To reduce the risk of damage, take some precautions: Use coasters for glasses and mugs. If a glass top is added to the veneer surface, be sure it rests on felt pads.
Don’t place a potted plant on a veneer surface unless it’s in a water-tight container or in a drip tray. Don’t let vinyl binders stay on a surface for very long. Use protective pads under equipment with “rubber” cushioning feet.
Some chemical compounds used in the feet on office equipment, such as printers and monitor stands, may leave permanent stains or marks.