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Noguchi Rudder Table

 Isamu Noguchi
An updated archival piece from 1949, the Noguchi Rudder Table is a sculptural and deceptively simple coffee table designed by Isamu Noguchi. It stands on two chrome hairpin legs and one in wood reminiscent of a ship’s rudder. Graceful and visually light, it is available in Walnut, Ebony, or White Ash finish options.

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Noguchi Rudder Table

Sculptural Delight

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.

Isamu Noguchi

"Art should become as one with its surroundings."

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  • Organic Form

    Organic Form

    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.

  • Visual Lightness

    Visual Lightness

    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.

  • A Choice of Finishes

    A Choice of Finishes

    Trivalent chrome steel legs offer a pleasing contrast to the natural look of the rudder and top—available in Walnut, White Ash, and Ebony.

Noguchi Rudder Table

Furniture as sculpture

The Master of Balance

In his sculpture, architecture, outdoor environments, and theater 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 recognized during visits to Noguchi's Washington Square studio in New York City

The Master of Balance

A Rare Offering

Designed in 1944 and introduced for sale in 1949, the Rudder series originally included coffee and dining height tables, as well as stools. Production of the series ceased only three years later. Today, original pieces from the series are rare and command significant prices at auction.

A Rare Offering

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.

How to Make a Table

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.

How to Make a Table

General Dimensions

  • H:400"
  • W:1265"
  • D:910"
Noguchi Rudder Table
Assembly Instructions

Assembly Instructions

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Packaging Dimensions:
Top: 1200" x 1055" x 255"
Legs: 445" x 355" x 190"
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Top: 4,5 kg.
Legs: 0,9 kg.
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Care & Maintenance

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.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Wood & Veneer

This includes Herman Miller products finished with wood veneer or recut wood veneer, except the oiled Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman with Rosewood, Oiled Walnut, or Oiled Santos Palisander veneer unless specifically noted.

Normal Cleaning
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.

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.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches
Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulate the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Other Damage
Wood is susceptible to bruising and scratching from heavy office equipment, so we encourage a protective surface is placed underneath. Objects should be lifted instead of dragged across a surface. Protective pads should be used under items with a rough bottom, like pottery. Denting, caused by extreme pen pressure when writing, can also damage veneer. Use desk pads or some other protection where a lot of paperwork is done. Sunlight can damage veneer as well, so veneer surfaces should not be in direct sunlight. To help a surface age evenly, users can periodically move items on their desks so that the entire surface is exposed to an even amount of light over time. In addition to light, extremely high or low humidity is a damaging environmental factor. Herman Miller suggests maintaining a relative humidity of 35-65 percent.


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.