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Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture Model L5

The Akari light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi is an icon of 1950s modern design and a beautiful way to illuminate your space. Each lamp is created from handcrafted washi paper and bamboo ribbing and supported by an elegant metal frame. They’ve been made by hand in Japan for half a century by their original manufacturer and are released in very limited quantities. Akari is sure to bring a harmonious and lasting piece of artisan history to your home.

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Born in Los Angeles to an American mother and a Japanese father, Noguchi was one of the twentieth century’s most critically acclaimed sculptors. He traveled extensively and also created gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture and set designs. His work, at once traditional and modern, set a new standard for the reintegration of the arts. In 1951, Noguchi was asked by the mayor of the small town of Gifu, Japan to help revitalize the local lantern industry. Inspired by the fishing lanterns of the Nagara River, he made more than 200 models of Akari light sculptures out of handcrafted washi paper, bamboo and metal. By merging ancient craft with electricity, Noguchi created an entirely new kind of contemporary art.

  • Washi paper, bamboo, and metal frame
  • 24" x 61" (61 x 154.9 cm)
  • Plug-in kit for use with wall outlet: includes 18 feet of white cord and on/off switch placed 4 feet from standard 2-prong plug.