Isamu Noguchi, 1946
- Frame: solid beech.
- Body and cushions: wooden frame with polyurethane foam.
- Covers: removable.
- Seat height: 320 mm (280 mm with applied load, measured in accordance with EN 1335-1).
- Legs: solid maple, natural finish or walnut stain.
- Origin of wood: beech (Fagus sylvatica), maple (Acer platanoides) and walnut (Juglans regia) from Poland and Austria.
The sculptural quality of Noguchi's design vocabulary finds expression in the Freeform Sofa: it is entirely different from other designs of the same period, appearing in combination with the Ottoman like an enlarged sculpture of flat, rounded river stones. The slender organic forms are fluid and graceful. Noguchi emphasises the lightness of the elements with thin yet comfortable upholstery and a choice of cover fabrics in natural colours. The Freeform Sofa and companion Ottoman were produced around 1950 in limited numbers. Today, the few remaining pieces achieve record prices at auction. The designs have been manufactured in an authentic re-edition since 2002. The sofa is suitable not only for use in living spaces, but also in lobbies, hotels and retail shops.
The oeuvre of Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi is unusually multi-faceted, ranging from the fine arts to industrial design. Since 2002, Vitra has produced re-editions of his designs in cooperation with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in New York.