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Isamu noguchi

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Isamu Noguchi’s Playground Proposal for UN’s New York Headquarters. Breaking out of the jungle gym and swing structures, the playground was never built as it was deemed unsafe for children.

(Top) The Saul Bass Playground model is from a 1961 Graphis issue (Bottom 2 photos) 1952 Isamu Noguchi’s Playground Proposal for UN’s New York Headquarters. Breaking out of the jungle gym and swing...

noguchi: ceramics, ikibana + space

Cherry, apple blossoms and dogwood will soon be making their appearance, so Spring is a fine time to practice ikebana, the minimalist art of flower arranging that originated in Japan. As with wabi-sabi, although it looks simple, it has complex philosophical, even spiritual underpinnings. Ikebana' is from the Japanese ikeru (生ける?, 'to place, to arrange, life, birth') and hana (花?, 'flower'... It is a time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because of their busy lives…

Isamu Noguchi’s Creative Playground Designs Exhibit at SFMOMA

Isamu Noguchi, Playground equipment for Ala Moana Park, Hawaii, circa 1940. Courtesy of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Kevin Noble. From innovative jungle gyms to experimental ideas utilizing piled earth, Isamu Noguchi’s forays into playground design were varied and forward-thinking. Providing a careful […]