Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi
Bamboo Basket Chair
USA, 1950 / 2010
Shioju wood, bamboo, iron
33.5 w × 30 d × 28.25 h in (85 × 76 × 72 cm)
The Bamboo Basket Chair was a collaborative design by Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi created in 1950. Together at Kenmochi's studio, they made one example, its whereabouts now unknown. Ultimately, the design was found to be too complicated and it was never put into production.
In 2007, The Noguchi Museum and Kenmochi Design Associates collaborated on a limited production of the Bamboo Basket Chair with an edition of 50 examples; as of today, only thirteen of the fifty have been realized.
Branded manufacturer's mark to underside 'INFGM 2010 10/50'. Paper label applied to underside 'Bamboo Basket Chair #10 Bonnie Rychlak 35 Neck Path East Hampton NY 11937'.
Provenance: Gift from The Noguchi Museum to Bonnie Rychlak, New York
Literature: Design: Isamu Noguchi and Isamu Kenmochi, Rychlak, Mori, Murayama, and Matsumoto, ppg. 36, 39, 53, 110, 129