Noguchi learned carpentry in Japan in 1917 and later studied at Columbia University, NY, between 1921 and 22. Later would work in Paris as assistant to the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. From 1932 on he lived in New York, where he worked primarily as a sculptor, and to a lesser extent as a designer with several furniture for Knool and Herman Miller.
The classic coffee table was created in 1944. The simple design consists of only three elements, the glass top and the two pieces of wood connected, serving as a basis. This table presents extraordinary harmony of both form and function, and highlights the formation of Noguchi as a sculptor. It is manufactured to this date by Herman Miller.