Akari 5AD


Size: L 33 x H 60 cm

The Akari 5AD lamp is a truly unique model, whose circular shape and silk-screened pattern evoke yin and yang. Whether placed on the floor or on a piece of furniture, it becomes a decorative object, sober and timeless.

  • Size: L 33 x H 60 cm
  • Designed in: 1952
  • Material: Washi paper, bamboo ribbing and structure, metal frame.
  • Further information: AKARI 5AD 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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