Akari 100D


Size: L 100 x H 96cm

AKARI, which means light in Japanese, diffuses a soft and solar light.

Created in 1974, the AKARI 100D ceiling lamp, with a diameter of 1 meter, is the largest size of the D series, the balls with a spaced and irregular bamboo wire structure.

Isamu Noguchi's Akari light sculptures are considered icons of 20th century modern design. Designed by Noguchi from 1952 and handmade for half a century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, these paper lanterns are the perfect combination of Japanese craftsmanship and modernist forms.

The lamps are made from washi paper glued to a bamboo wire ribbing, supported by a thin metal frame.


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Isamu Noguchi liked to say that "to create a home, all you need is a room, a tatami mat and an AKARI".

Each Akari is handcrafted, beginning with the making of washi paper from the inner bark of the mulberry tree. The paper is then glued and shaped on a supple frame of Higo bamboo ribbing, creating a delicate but powerful lighting sculpture.

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 Noguchi himself.


Size: L 100 x H 96cm

Material: Washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal frame

Designed in: 1974

Further information: Akari 100D is sold with no electrical wire kit.

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