Isamu Noguchi, 1951
The Akari Light Sculptures (1951) by Isamu Noguchi are a series of luminaires, handcrafted from traditional washi paper by Japanese artisans. ‘The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through ...
- Lampshades: washi paper, some partially painted. Some models with end pieces in wood/bamboo.
- Structure: bamboo/steel wire.
- Legs: painted steel wire.
- Light source: 4W LED
- Socket: E27
- Dimmability: not dimmable.
- Kelvin: 2700 K (warm white).
- Plug: Euro flat, 2-pin (type C plug).
- Max. watt: 12 W
- Energy efficiency: A++
- Cable length for table lamps: 130 cm.
- Cable length for floor lamps: 300 cm.
- Cable length for ceiling lamps: 220 cm.
Akari Light Sculptures
In 1951 the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a group of works handcrafted out of washi paper that eventually comprised over 100 luminaires – table, floor and ceiling lamps. He chose the name 'akari' for these objects, a word that means 'light' in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. 'The harshness of electricity is thus ...
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The oeuvre of Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi is unusually multi-faceted, ranging from the fine arts to industrial design. Since 2002, Vitra has produced re-editions of his designs in cooperation with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in New York.
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