Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.
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In 1951 the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a group of works handcrafted out of shoji paper that eventually comprised over 100 luminaires – table, floor and ceiling lamps. He chose the name 'akari' for these objects, a word that means 'light' in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. Isamu Noguchi has compared the light of Akari to sunlight filtered through traditional shoji paper doors.
Dimensions: 75cm W x 75cm H
Materials: Translucent Washi Paper with Bamboo Ribbing
Globe: E27, 4W LED, 2700k
Cable Length: 220cm