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Noguchi Akari Lighting

One of the most important artists of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) expanded the traditional notion of sculpture to include the creation of dance sets, gardens, playgrounds, fountains, furniture and lighting. Within this range of spatial environments Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lanterns hold a unique place, expressing his Japanese American heritage in works designed to enhance the quality everyday life. Inspired by the lanterns illuminating night fishing on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of his lamps in 1951. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. “All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami and Akari”. With the warm glow of light cast through hand-made paper on a bamboo frame, each meticulously fabricated Akari light brings the idea of warmth and home to every room. Packed flat for easy shipping, the Akari package includes Noguchi’s patented metal wire stretcher and support system.

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