Created in 1969, the Akari 22N lamp is iconic and often illustrates Noguchi's work, given its strong, recognisable silhouette.
This model is the smallest in this series, which also includes a more spectacular size: Akari 23N.
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.
Details & size
- Size: L 42 x H 63 cm
- Material: Washi paper, bamboo ribbing and structure, metal frame.
- Designed in: 1969
- Further information: The AKARI 22N is sold with an electrical wire kit and Type C EU plug (French standard) - E 27 socket.
AKARI, which means light in Japanese, diffuses a soft and solar light.
Isamu Noguchi liked to say that "to create a home, all you need is a room, a tatami mat and an AKARI".
Akari is a Japanese term meaning clarity and light as well as suggesting the notion of lightness.
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.
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