Isamu Noguchi: Design & Art for a better world

Black and white photo of Isamu Noguchi looking alive and happy in a light mandarin collar shirt. Photo by Mimi Jacobs.

Twenty years ago, I first saw Noguchi’s work at his museum in New York. I assumed he was Japanese or Japanese-American from his name. The Japanese aesthetics infused his works — the stones plucked from a zen garden, the minimalist forms helped corroborate my assumption.

Skip forward a couple years, I went to Paris for training at my first job in a French cosmetics company. With a…