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. The ceiling shades are made of handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing.
- The ceiling shades are made of handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing.
- Dimensions: 18 Inch x 10 Inch
- Wiring options: Hardwire kit for ceiling box that includes: round white metal canopy, 4 ft. of white drop cord and socket.
- Wattage: 60 Watts
One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) expanded the traditional notion of sculpture to include the creation of dance sets, gardens, playgrounds, fountains, furniture and lighting. Within this range of spatial environments Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lanterns hold a unique place, expressing his Japanese American heritage in works designed to enhance the quality everyday life. Inspired by the lanterns illuminating night fishing on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of his lamps in 1951. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. “All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami and Akari”. With the warm glow of light cast through hand-made paper on a bamboo frame, each meticulously fabricated Akari light brings the idea of warmth and home to every room. Packed flat for easy shipping, the Akari package includes Noguchi’s patented metal wire stretcher and support system.
Akari Noguchi Model 26A Ceiling Lamp Designed by:
- Isamu Noguchi
USA, 1904 – 1988
“The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. Its ideal does not deviate from that of nature…but I am also a sculptor of the West. I place my mark and do not hide.” – Isamu Noguchi
Isamu Noguchi was born in Los Angeles in 1904 to an Irish-American mother and Yone Noguchi, a Japanese poet. In 1906, Noguchi’s mother took him to Japan, where he attended school. While in Japan, Noguchi gained an appreciation for its landscape, architecture and craftsmanship. Noguchi returned to the US and enrolled in Columbia University to study medicine, while at the same time taking sculpture classes on the lower east side of New York City. It wasn’t long before he realized that art, not medicine, was his true calling. His interest in abstract art led him to Paris where he met and worked with the great modernist sculptor, Constantin Brancusi.
After World War II, Noguchi returned to Japan and found a community of young artists eager to take part in the optimism of his new ideas. He continued to make individual sculptures, but was also given the opportunity to work on larger site-specific pieces.
His classic designs — notably his Akari lamps and his free-form coffee table — have never been more popular. In New York, weary urbanites take tranquil refuge in the delicate light and shadow of the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. He has gardens in Paris, Jerusalem, and New York and outdoor sculptures and environments in seventeen American cities. In these beautiful, spiritual, and finely constructed works Isamu Noguchi has created a dynamic testament to the ties between East and West. Noguchi died in December of 1988 at the age of 84, but his influence continues to spread.