Male, born 1904-11-17, died 1988-12-30

Professional History


Industrial Designer, Inidana and New York, NY. In 1932, Noguchi produced his design for the Hawkeye Timer-Clock, produced by the Stevenson Manufacturing Company of La Porte, IN. Noguchi lived in La Porte, IN, between 1919 and 1922, and again in 1923, and graduated high school there. The Zenith Radio Corporation manufactured his Radio Nurse (designed in 1937) in 1938. This early baby monitor was commissioned in the years just after the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's son, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., (1931-1932), at a time of high public interest in the 1935 trial ofRichard Hauptmann (1899-1936), the German-born carpenter convicted of the infant's kidnapping and death.

Sculptor, New York, NY, 1942- . After his release from the Poston War Relocation Center, he returned to New York, where he established a studio at 33 MacDougal Alley in Greenwich Village.

Professional Awards

Associate Elect, National Academy of Design, New York, NY, 1983. (See "Associates Elect: Architects," National Academy of Design 162nd Annual Exhibition, March 24-April 29, 1987, [New York: National Academy of Design, 1987], n.p.)


High School/College

Graduate, La Porte High School, La Porte, IN, 1922.



Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, CA, and lived in a variety of places both in the US and Japan during his childhood and early adulthood. He absorbed multi-cultural influences and developed an open-minded and synthetic attitude toward design. During his formative years, he lived in three interwoven worlds, a Euro-American cultural system that stimulated his study of Western Classical and Modern art, a hybrid Japanese-American immigrant milieu that was marginalized but proud and resolute, and an extended stay in Japan, where he encountered that country's refined social and aesthetic traditions. Noguchi moved periodically and traveled extensively, opening him to various cultural viewpoints. The web site of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum in Long Island City, NY, said of him: "Noguchi, an internationalist, traveled extensively throughout his life. (In his later years he maintained studios both in Japan and New York.) He discovered the impact of large-scale public works in Mexico, earthy ceramics and tranquil gardens in Japan, subtle ink-brush techniques in China, and the purity of marble in Italy. He incorporated all of these impressions into his work, which utilized a wide range of materials, including stainless steel, marble, cast iron, balsa wood, bronze, sheet aluminum, basalt, granite, and water." (See Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden, "Biography," accessed 02/19/2020.)

He was interned at the Poston (aka Colorado River) War Relocation Camp in Poston, AZ, for eight months during 1941 and 1942.

Associated Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (Architect's Birth)
    Los Angeles, CA

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  • New York, NY (Architect's Death)
    New York, NY

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