The Noguchi Museum in NYC’s Long Island City announced today plans to honor designer Jasper Morrison and architect Yoshio Taniguchi with its Isamu Noguchi award. The honor was created earlier this year to recognize “like-minded spirits who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” according to the museum. Motohide Yoshikawa, ambassador of Japan to the United Nations, will present the awards at the museum’s annual spring benefit on May 19, 2015, part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration. Helping to clinch the win for Morrison? His Noguchi-like blend of a “quiet respect for materials” with a “profoundly and purposefully cosmopolitan” approach. The inaugural winners of the Isamu Noguchi award, a Red Cube-inspired trophy created by Noguchi’s longtime fabricator Peter Carlson, were Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Pictured: Yoshio Taniguchi and Jasper Morrison (Photos from left: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kento Mori).