Created in 1954, the AKARI E column is exceptional not only for its shape and size, but also for the technical achievement of making it from washi paper. It is the tallest of the columns created by Noguchi, standing at 2.75 metres high.
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.
Akari E column pendant lamp is sold with no electrical wire kit.
Details & size
- Size: L 48 x H 275 cm
- Material: Washi paper, metal frame
- Designed in: 1954
- Further information: Akari E column pendant lamp is sold with no electrical wire kit.
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".
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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