Akari 95EN


Size: L 95 x H 40 cm

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

Created in 1971, the AKARI 95EN suspension, with a diameter of 95cm, is the largest ellipse of the 50EN, 70EN and 95EN series, models with a wide 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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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 95 x H 40 cm

Designed in: 1971

Material: Washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal frame

Further information: The AKARI 95EN lamp is delivered with no electrical wire kit.

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