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Each Akari – the Japanese word for “light”- is handcrafted, beginning with the making of washi paper from the inner bark of the mulberry tree. The paper is then glued onto a thin bamboo framework, creating a lighting sculpture, delicate but powerful.

The soft and warm glow of light casting through the paper transforms “the harshness of electricity back to the light of our origins – the sun – so that its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night” as explained by Isamu Noguchi himself.

Its shape and design give a modern twist to the traditional Japanese lantern that originally inspired Noguchi.

Inspired by America’s UFO obsession in the 1950s, with their insect-like legs, the UF series is in direct continuity of Noguchi’s work as a sculptor. Isamu Noguchi did indeed create AKARI to be a lighting sculpture, a lamp that is a design statement, both delicate and timeless.

Electric set included.


Washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal structure.


W 20 x H 51 cm


W 20 x H 51 cm


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