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Akari 3AV

La lampe Akari 3AV est l’une des variantes sérigraphiées du modèle Akari 3A, issu de la première année de collaboration entre l’atelier japonais Ozeki et Isamu Noguchi en 1952. Avec son motif sérigraphié turquoise, cette lampe à poser est l’un des classiques de cette première série.

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.

  • Size: L 25 x H 43 cm
  • Material: Screen-printed washi paper, bamboo ribbing and structure, metal frame.
  • Colour: Washi paper screen-printed with a turquoise pattern
  • Designed in: 1952
  • Further information: AKARI 3AV 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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