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  • Product launch: Secto Design - innovative Finnish lighting

    The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship. The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship. The acclaimed Secto Design lamps combine the innovative use of flawless Finnish birch and very skilled craftsmanship.

     

    In 1995 Tuula Jusélius and architect Seppo Koho met and they knew right away they were kindred spirits. The two share a respect for Northern woods as well as Scandinavian design and professional woodworking. Customers who bought their furniture complained about not finding suitable lamps to go with the furniture. There simply were no wooden lamps on the market. So Seppo Koho got to work and the result was the Secto pendant lamp that is still the backbone of the collection.

     

    The Secto 4200 / 4201 Pendant Light comes in 2 sizes and is handmade of PEFC-certified form pressed birch in Finland. The wood provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal. The Secto 4200 / 4201 Pendant Light comes in 2 sizes and is handmade of PEFC-certified form pressed birch in Finland. The wood provides a soft luminosity for atmosphere and appeal.

     

    The Secto Owalo Series of lights are very sculptural. The Owalo Series consists of floor, table, wall and pendant lights. The Secto Owalo 7010 Floor Light has a very stable base and is available in 4 finishes. The Secto Owalo Series of lights are very sculptural. The Owalo Series consists of floor, table, wall and pendant lights. The Secto Owalo 7010 Floor Light has a very stable base and is available in 4 finishes.

     

    The Secto Owalo 7000 Pendant is perfect for lighting a dining table, kitchen island or conference table. Made of Finnish birch and available in 4 finishes, including walnut veneer. The Secto Owalo 7000 Pendant is perfect for lighting a dining table, kitchen island or conference table. Made of Finnish birch and available in 4 finishes, including walnut veneer.

     

    The Secto Owalo 7020 Table Light is a sleek lamp that works well as a bedside light as well as accent and task lighting, thanks to its thin frame. The Secto Owalo 7020 Table Light is a sleek lamp that works well as a bedside light as well as accent and task lighting, thanks to its thin frame.

     

    The Secto Puncto 4203 Pendant Light spreads light over a large area and is perfect for over your kitchen or dining table. Available in 4 finishes. The Secto Puncto 4203 Pendant Light spreads light over a large area and is perfect for over your kitchen or dining table. Available in 4 finishes.

     

    The Secto Octo 4240 Pendant Light is a grand yet airy pendant light that has already become a classic. The Secto Octo 4240 Pendant Light is a grand yet airy pendant light that has already become a classic.

     

    The birch of the Secto Design lamps is produced in Central Finland and is transported only short distances. During production, recycling and sorting are high priorities, and sawdust, for example, is used to make wood pellets for the heating of houses.

    Secto Design maintains a highly curated collection of beautiful, eco-friendly lights for all situations.

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  • Our Fall Sales have begun - 15% off, October 8 - 22, 2015

    Modern Planet is offering 15% off home furnishings, lighting and area rugs from international greats such as Vitra, Artek, Artemide, Flos and Nanimarquina!

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  • Noguchi Akari Lights - inspired by Japanese tradition

    AP Photo The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum Isamu Noguchi in his studio in the 1960s, surrounded by his light sculptures . Photo: AP Photo The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum

     

    The Isamu Noguchi lamps — called akari, the Japanese word for light — were inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns used in ancestor worship. Over the decades, the Noguchi Akari Lights became classics of mid-20th century modern home decor.

    Noguchi didn't call them lanterns or lamps, he called them light sculptures. He constructed many versions of these light sculptures including table, ceiling and floor versions. The lamps are created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame. They are shipped flat, ready to assemble.

    uf-06-300x450 Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.

     

    bb-05-300x450 Akari Noguchi Model BB3-33S Floor Lamp's stand is a bamboo pole and has a black cast iron base. There are several models in this series of lights, all have the iron base.

     

    The Akari Noguchi lights were conceived as sculptures that delicately stand as warm friends in an interior space. They glow, so will probably be the dominant focus in any space they are in.

    light_img The Noguchi Akari Table Lights add true warmth to any room. Each is unique and many appear breathtakingly elegant; others have a whimsical, futuristic look.

     

    20120622_9e616e Designs range from spheres, discs and cylinders to triangles, boxes, trapezoids, and other geometric shapes and combinations. Most shades are white, but some are decorated in orange, green or black, with abstract designs.

     

    pendantlong-04-300x450 There are several ceiling or pendant versions of the Noguchi Akari Lights, some are stunning like this Model 30P, which is 63 inches long.

     

    Be sure you are buying a Noguchi Akari light, and not a knock off. Aside from the difference in workmanship and materials, the knockoffs aren't at all like the originals. Noguchi made these lamps so that people could buy them and live with his sculptures. Be aware and look for the logo.

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