Jasper Morrison and Yoshio Taniguchi have been named as the recipients of the second annual Isamu Noguchi Award, established by Peter Carlson to celebrate individuals that share the same commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange as Isamu Noguchi. The winners will be celebrated at The Noguchi Museum’s annual Spring Benefit on 19 May 2015.
A statement from The Noguchi Museum reads:
Yoshio Taniguchi was introduced to Noguchi at a young age by his father, Yoshiro (1904–1979), who was also a prominent architect and collaborated with the artist on the Shin Banraisha, a room and garden located on the ground floor of a building at Keio University. Noguchi was close friends with both father and son, and became an avuncular mentor to the younger Taniguchi.
After establishing his own architecture firm in 1979, Yoshio Taniguchi collaborated with Noguchi on his first museum project in 1984: the Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Japan’s inaugural photography museum that houses the collection of the renowned Japanese photographer. Taniguchi designed four other major museums in Japan before redesigning the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2004.
Jasper Morrison is one of the world’s most influential industrial designers. His talent for creating objects that are defined by their simplicity and fit seamlessly within their surroundings, are just two of his many affinities with Isamu Noguchi. Morrison’s aesthetic, in particular his quiet respect for materials, is often described as Japanese, but like Noguchi, he is profoundly and purposefully cosmopolitan.