Sofa Price: $7,950
Ottoman Price: $2,050
Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural style had a profound impact on the design language of the 1950’s. He passionately synthesized the opposing elements of Eastern and Western design philosophies to create objects of timeless aesthetic beauty.
Noguchi’s Free Form Sofa was a complete departure from other designs of the late 1940’s. Its wonderfully fluid form reflects Noguchi’s ability to transform natural, organic shapes into highly functional modern design.
The Vitra Design Museum, authorized by the Noguchi foundation, is once again offering the sofa and ottoman in their original form. The pieces are impeccably made in Germany with solid wood frames, maple feet and 100% wool upholstery.
But reached Urumqi eventually. Just a big city really but it is the furthest city in the world from the sea, 2250km. Went to the museum to see the mummies which was dead cool, could’ve done with a little balm and rouge on their lips as looked a tad dry. I came all this way to see these as they have destroyed the myth that China developed in isolation from the rest of the world, but as the mummies are of Indo-European race that can no longer be the case. Spent a couple of hours wandering the museum, and no I am not boring!! Put my passport in for the Kyrgyz visa so had a few days to kill and what better place than Turpan, which, as it is in the Tarim Basin and the lowest dry spot on earth is relatively warm at 13 degrees. Done the usual site, one of which is the Jiaoche Ruins a deserted town on the edge of the desert. Abandoned 500 years ago and all the buildings slowly being eroded away, but was still impressive to walk around. As it is out of season I was the only one there, which was nice. On the way out stopped at a souvenir shop for a browse. In amongst the statues, jade jewellery and brass stuff was a collection of old books, As books are lovely went to have a look but not very impressed, but a new book took my eye but couldn’t read what it was about so flipped though and would you believe it a colour picture book of naked Chinese ladies!! Heaven’s above, I thought, and after noticing that there was a picture on every page and after 2 – 3 minuets I put the book down at a rapid rate of knots and gave a couple of dry coughs and departed, dignity intact. But the best thing about Turpan is I found a real Snickers bar!! So I bought two and savoured every second whilst devoured them, heaven.
The bus journey was to prove to be my biggest nightmare so far. Two hours late leaving was not a good start, but after five hours or so we were at the border. After cumtoms had checked the luggage apparently there was a problem and we would have to spend the night on the bus at the border. For two long, freezing cold days we waited there to cross into Kyrgyzstan, but nothing happened. The border is nothing more than a truck stop and all the basics that come with it. There was nothing to do but just wait, and my patience was getting seveerly tested. The reason for the waiting was that there was too much snow and so couldn’t cross. Which to me seemed a little odd as overladen lorries were crossing the border on a regular basis, so it was open and that fact that a rear wheel was changed before we left to go back to Kashgar – the same wheel that had some running repairs done to it on the way from Kashgar – seemed a little more than coincidence. I think the bus was unsafe and was prevented from crossing into Kyrgyzstan and turned back. But I was not a happy bunny, and was slow journey back – and still repiars were done to the rear wheels!! We got back to Kashgar at about 11.15pm and so just dived into the nearest hotel for the night – and proved to be only one night!! Got a cheap dorm room, just over $1 a night, but it was grim. Pretty basic but I don’t think the sheets have been cleaned since they were bought 10 years ago!! They felt grimey and stank of stale sweat and after going to bed and warming the bed ip the sheets started to stick to me, it was just so horrible having to pull the bedding off me. Woke up early and left.
So now I am back in Kashgar trying to figure out ther best way into Kyrgyzstan. The bus to Osh is the cheapest option, but not convienient. The Torguart Pass is quicker and more direct but is expensive to do plus I’ll need a permit to do it – oh I don’t know! Little Roge big China.
(Sofa) W 120″ X H 28″ X D 44″
(Ottoman) W 47″ X H 27 1/2″ X D 15″
Materials: Solid beech wood frames, maple feet, 100% wool upholstery