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  • The making of Akari Light Sculpures

Akari floor lamps

By Vitra


  • Description

    The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin - the sun - so that its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night. (Isamu Noguchi)
    In 1951, American/Japanese artist and designer Isamu Noguchi started to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a total of over 100 hand-made Shoji-paper models for table lights, standard lamps or ceiling luminaires. For the name of this lighting series he chose the word akari, the Japanese terms for brightness and light, and also lightness. Collection Vitra Design Museum.

  • Technical Info

    Akari UF3-Q: W:56 x D:56 x H:145cm
    Akari UF4-33N: W:47 x D:47 x H:190cm
    Akari UF4-L8: W:41 x D:41 x H:188cm
    Akari UF4-L10: W:48 x D:48 x H:193cm
    Akari BB3-55DD: W:53 x D:53 x H:185cm
    Akari BB3-33S: W:75 x D:25 x H:170cm
    Akari 14A: W:51 x D:51 x H:158cm
    Akari 10A: W:53 x D:53 x H:123cm

    Lampshade: shoji paper, partly painted. Individual ends of wood/bamboo
    Structure: bamboo/steel wire
    Feet: painted steel wire

  • Designer
    Isamu Noguchi

    Isamu Noguchi, born in 1904 in Los Angeles to the Japanese poet Yone Noguchi and the American writer Leonie Gilmour, studied at Columbia University and the Leonardo da Vinci Art School.
    He subsequently established his first independent studio and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1927. He then worked as an assistant to Constantin Brancusi in Paris and presented his first solo exhibition in New York. He studied brush drawing in China and worked with ceramics under Jinmatsu Uno in Japan.

    His experiences living and working in different cultural circles are reflected in his work as an artist. Isamu Noguchi is considered a universal talent with a creative oeuvre that went beyond sculpture to encompass stage sets, furniture, lighting, interiors as well as outdoor plazas and gardens. His sculptural style is indebted to a vocabulary of organic forms and exerted a sustained influence on the design of the 1950s.
    "My father, Yone Noguchi, is Japanese and has long been known as an interpreter of the East to the West, through poetry. I wish to fulfill my heritage", he wrote in his proposal for a Guggenheim Fellowship.
    Isamu Noguchi died in New York in 1988.

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