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Isamu Noguchi

Born in 1904 to an American writer and a Japanese poet, Isamu Noguchi was raised in Japan.
In 1927 he began his career in sculpture as Brancusi’s assistant in Paris. Isamu Noguchi returned to New York in 1929 and devoted himself to sculpture. He applied his artistic vision of everyday life to the design of objects and furniture.
« Washi » paper, a bamboo structure and a few threads of silk: Akari lamps, designed by Isamu Noguchi between 1951 and 1986 are true light sculptures.
Akari is a Japanese term meaning clarity and light as well as suggesting the notion of lightness. The lamps are handcrafted using washi paper made from the bark of the mulberry tree and shaped on a supple frame of Higo bamboo ribbing. Isamu Noguchi’s light sculptures are considered icons of design.

Sentou signed an exclusive distribution agreement with the Noguchi Foundation of New York in 1991, and is the sole distributor of the Akari collection in France. Discover the collection in our 3 parisian galleries and our e-shop.

Biography
1904 : birth in Los Angeles
1927 : stay in Paris in the studio of Brancusi
1935/36 : at the beginning collaboration with the choreographer Martha Graham
1944 : Coffee table
1946 : Freefrom sofa
1951 : swig Akari
1952 : Tea cup and saucer
1954/55 : Dining Table
1957 : Prismatic Table
1968 : exhibition in Whitney Museum. Publication of its autobiography (In sculptor World)
1988 : death in New York

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