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Akari table 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 1A: W:25 x D:25 x H:43cm
    Akari 1AD: W:26 x D:26 x H:43cm
    Akari 1AG: W:26 x D:26 x H:43cm
    Akari 1AY: W:26 x D:26 x H:43cm
    Akari 1N: W:25 x D:25 x H:39cm
    Akari 1P: W:21 x D:21 x H:47cm
    Akari 3X: W:23 x D:23 x H:38cm
    Akari 5X: W:30 x D:30 x H:39cm
    Akari XP1: W:22 x D:22 x H:38cm
    Akari 20N: W:42 x D:42 x H:63cm
    Akari 26N: W:35 x D:35 x H:61cm
    Akari UF1-H: W:20 x D:20 x H:51cm
    Akari UF1-XN: W:20 x D:20 x H:51cm
    Akari UF2-33N: W:30 x D:30 x H:71cm
    Akari 9AD: W:44 x D:44 x H:62cm
    Akari 3A: W:28 x D:28 x H:56cm
    Akari 3AD: W:25 x D:25 x H:56cm
    Akari 7A: W:30 x D:30 x H:63cm
    Akari 9A: W:44 x D:44 x H:70cm

    Lampshade: shoji paper or washi paper, some 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 1A
    • Akari 1AD
    • Akari 1AG
    • Akari 1AY
    • Akari 1N
    • Akari 1P
    • Akari 20N
    • Akari 26N
    • Akari 3A
    • Akari 3AD
    • Akari 3X
    • Akari 7A
    • Akari 9A
    • Akari 9AD
    • Akari UF1-H
    • Akari UF2-33N
    • Akari XP1

  • Delivery

    2-4 weeks

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