Noguchi believed the sculptor's task was to shape space, to give it order and meaning, and that art should "disappear," or be as one with its surroundings. Noguchi was an intelligent, articulate, and sensitive man. During World War II, he voluntarily entered a relocation camp for Japanese-Americans in Arizona—and then was unable to get permission to leave. After seven months, he was granted liberation. "I was finally free," he said gratefully. I resolved henceforth to be an artist only."
"To limit yourself to a particular style may make you an expert of that particular viewpoint or school, but I do not wish to belong to any school," Noguchi said. "I am always learning, always discovering." The Noguchi coffee table became his most famous table: “anybody could make a three-legged table," said Noguchi, I made my own variant of my own table."