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1956

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2019

2022

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Blueprint, Design for Rocking Stool

This is a Blueprint. It was designed by Isamu Noguchi. It is dated January 16, 1956 and we acquired it in 2019. Its medium is white lines on dark blue exposed paper. It is a part of the department.

This object was donated by Andrew van Styn. It is credited Gift of Andrew Van Styn from the estate of Don Magner.

Its dimensions are

56 × 61.4 cm (22 1/16 × 24 3/16 in.)

It is signed

Lower right, in blueprint: Noguchi Rocking Stool 1/16/56

It is inscribed

To Mr. Charles Niedringhouse Dear Charles Here is my idea of how a realy [sic] rocking stool can be made using present wire welded support. I suggest metal stampings, which, if made in quantity can become extremely cheap. Please get this properly drawn up -- and show it to Shou -- [last line illegible] My address next Monday is Wohnbedarf Talstrasse 11 Zurich

Cite this object as

Blueprint, Design for Rocking Stool; Designed by Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988); white lines on dark blue exposed paper; 56 × 61.4 cm (22 1/16 × 24 3/16 in.); Gift of Andrew Van Styn from the estate of Don Magner; 2019-28-172

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