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  • The making of Akari Light Sculpures

Akari pendant 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 J1: W:25 x D:25 x H:188cm
    Akari 33N: W:47 x D:47 x H:160cm
    Akari B: W:46 x D:46 x H:235cm
    Akari 45X: W:43 x D:43 x H:43cm
    Akari 23A: W:32 x D:32 x H:70cm
    Akari 50EN: W:50 x D:50 x H:25cm
    Akari 70EN: W:70 x D:70 x H:33cm
    Akari 26A: W:45 x D:45 x H:25cm
    Akari 21A: W:65 x D:65 x H:28cm
    Akari 15A: W:88 x D:88 x H:33cm
    Akari 45A: W:45 x D:45 x H:45cm
    Akari 55A: W:55 x D:55 x H:55cm
    Akari 75A: W:75 x D:75 x H:75cm
    Akari 120A: W:120 x D:120 x H:120cm
    Akari E: W:295 x D:48 x D:48cm
    Akari 16A: W:52 x D:48 x H:28cm

    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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    • Akari 120A
    • Akari 15A
    • Akari 16A
    • Akari 21A
    • Akari 23A
    • Akari 26A
    • Akari 33N
    • Akari 45A
    • Akari 45X
    • Akari 50EN
    • Akari 55A
    • Akari 70EN
    • Akari 75A
    • Akari E
    • Akari J1

  • Delivery

    2-4 weeks

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