The mid-40s isn’t an era I readily associate with forward-thinking design, but the Freeform sofa and ottoman by Isamu Noguchi does show the era wasn’t completely grey.
It was designed in 1946, but only went into limited production around 1950 – although it’s easier to pick up now thanks to a reissue from Vitra. Noguchi described it as ‘soft rock’, a pebble-shaped sofa with a natural-coloured upholstery, not to mention a beechwood frame and maple legs. I’d say it was a bit more futuristic than that, still capable of turning a number of heads 60 years on.
Not cheap to buy today, the sofa and ottoman retails for around £4,500. And that doesn’t include the Noguchi coffee table pictured here, which sells for a further £661.
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