Benefit 2018


Naoto Fukasawa, Noguchi Museum Director Brett Littman, Edwina von Gal. Photos: ©2018 Julie Skarratt.

2018 Spring Benefit and Isamu Noguchi Award

On May 22, 2018, The Noguchi Museum held its Spring Benefit and presentation of the fifth annual Isamu Noguchi Award to industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa and landscape designer Edwina von Gal. Proceeds from the evening raise critical support for the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and education programs. Thank you so much to everyone who made this year’s Benefit a success.

Silent Auction
This year, the Museum offered three exceptional works by Isamu Noguchi, Pierced Table, edition 3 of 6, and Pierced Seat, editions 5 of 12 and 6 of 12, auctioned individually. Details here

About the Isamu Noguchi Award
Launched at the 2014 Spring Benefit, the Isamu Noguchi Award was established to honor the tenets that Noguchi expressed in his life’s work and to acknowledge other like-minded, highly accomplished individuals who reflect similar ideals in their own times. The Award thus celebrates innovation, global awareness, and Eastern and Western exchange.


Ambassador Koro Bessho
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations


Andrew Fisher
Phyllis Lally Seevers


  • Alexander Adler
  • Naomi S. Antonakos
  • Ate Atema and Angela Sun
  • Andy Augenblick and Alex Ross
  • AXA Art Americas Corporation
  • Spencer Bailey
  • Frances F. L. Beatty, Ph.D.
  • Catherine Bettis
  • Seema Boesky Charitable Trust
  • Noreen and Ken Buckfire
  • Carpenters Workshop Gallery
  • Andrea Crane
  • Charles Crow
  • Elizabeth de Cuevas
  • Nanci L. & Richard F. Czaja
  • Peggy and Dick Danziger
  • Susan Dunne
  • The Durst Organization
  • Donald H. Elliott
  • Mr. and Mrs. Peter Embiricos
  • Katherine and Luke Fichthorn
  • Christiane Fischer
  • Eileen and Andrew Fisher
  • Gagosian
  • Gallery Kasahara
  • Richard Gluckman and Tiffany Bell
  • Audrey & Martin Gruss Foundation
  • Gail Hashimoto
  • Kim Heirston
  • Herman Miller
  • Andrea and David Holbrook
  • Steven Holl
  • ITO EN (North America) INC.
  • J&AR Foundation
  • Eileen and Peter Jachym
  • Miki Kashiwagi and Tom Bingham
  • Susan and Peter Kessler
  • Peter Kimmelman
  • Calvin Klein Family Foundation
  • Dr. Patrick T. Lally and Valerie M. Lally
  • Lucy W. Lamphere
  • Maya Lin
  • Susan and Glenn Lowry
  • Jonathan J. Marvel
  • Karen McDonald
  • Jon McMillan
  • Kathy Mele
  • Christina Costa Montani
  • LeConte Moore, DeWitt Stern
  • Toshiko Mori
  • Hiroko and Satoru Murase
  • Mira Nakashima
  • Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen
  • Pace Gallery
  • Dan and Nancy Paduano
  • Russel and Julie Patterson
  • Paul Kasmin Gallery
  • Monique Péan and Stephen Glass
  • Judy and Peter Price
  • Howard Read, Cheim & Read
  • Janna and Ryan Raskopf
  • Jane L. Richards
  • The Row
  • Nicholas Sands
  • Phyllis and Leonard Seevers
  • Robert and Eva Shaye
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Eric C. Shiner
  • Masako Shinn
  • Angelica and William Sturm
  • Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation
  • Sundaram Tagore
  • Stefano Tonchi
  • Ian Wardropper
  • Carol Warner and Ned Cooke
  • Ben Watson
  • Anthony Williams
  • Richard Wright
  • Takashi Yanai
  • Robert Young and Christina Morgan
  • Anonymous

2018 Honorees

Naoto Fukasawa


Known for designs that are at once simple and poetic, Tokyo-based Naoto Fukasawa has designed a variety of objects, ranging from precision electronic equipment to furniture, interior spaces, and more. A graduate of Tama Art University, in 1989 Fukasawa moved to the United States, where he was impressed by Isamu Noguchi’s forms and began his own creative pursuits based on the concept of ‘hari,’ or ‘well balanced tension.’ In 1996, he returned to Japan to head the Tokyo office of the American company IDEO, and in 2003 he established Naoto Fukasawa Design. Fukasawa’s wall-mounted CD player created for Muji, humidifier for Plus Minus Zero, and the mobile phones Infobar and neon for au by KDDI are all in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Fukasawa is a director of 21_21 Design Sight, a creative advisor for Muji, and art director for Maruni Wood Industry. Additionally, he works with Geiger and Herman Miller in the U.S., collaborates with leading European brands, and consults with major Japanese corporations. In 2007, he was accorded the title of Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (awarded by the Royal Society of Arts). He has sat on many design panels, including as chairman of the Good Design Award from 2010–2014, and was a judge for the Braun Prize (2012). He is a professor in the Integrated Design department at Tama Art University, and director of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Tokyo.

Edwina von Gal


Edwina von Gal has been principal of her eponymous U.S.-based landscape design firm since 1984, creating landscapes with a focus on simplicity and sustainability. She has collaborated with architects including Frank Gehry, Richard Gluckman, Annabelle Selldorf, Maya Lin, and Richard Meier, on projects for numerous people in the design and art community, among others. Von Gal’s work has been published widely and her book “Fresh Cuts” won the Quill and Trowel award for garden writing. In 2008, she founded the Azuero Earth Project, promoting reforestation on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula. In 2013, she created the nonprofit Perfect Earth Project, dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers to people, pets, and the planet of toxic lawn and garden chemicals.

Von Gal received the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Arthur Ross Award in 2012, and was the 2017 recipient of Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for the Visual Arts. In addition to the Isamu Noguchi Award, von Gal will receive the NY School of Interior Design’s Green Design Award in 2018.

Images: Spring Benefit 2018: photo by Julie Skarratt. Naoto Fukasawa; photo courtesy of Naoto Fukasawa Design. Edwina von Gal; photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Thank you to everyone who made our 2017 Benefit great!