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Isamu Noguchi

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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.

Like the beauty of falling leaves and the cherry blossom, Noguchi wrote, Akari are “poetic, ephemeral, and tentative.” He was fond of saying, “All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.”

Inspired by America’s UFO obsession in the 1950s, with their supposed insect-like legs, the UF series is in direct continuity of Noguchi’s work as a sculptor.

Electric set included.


Washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal structure.


W 25 X H 192 cm


W 25 X H 192 cm


Packed up weight : 3 kg

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.

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