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Akari Light Sculptures

Isamu Noguchi, 1951

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The oeuvre of Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) is unusually multi-faceted. In addition to sculptures, he also created stage sets, furniture, lighting and interiors, as well as outdoor plazas and gardens. As a sculptor, his interest was not restricted to materials and form, but also extended to spatial effects and interior designs. Noguchi intended his art to serve both practical and social functions, and his sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the idiom of organic design in the 1950s.

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In 1951 Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, works characterised by weightless luminosity. He chose the name 'akari' for these objects, a word that means 'light' in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. During a journey to Japan, Noguchi paid a visit to Gifu, a town known for its manufacture of paper parasols and lanterns. While there he sketched his first two Akari Light Sculptures, and over the following years he created a total of more than 100 models, consisting of table, floor and ceiling lamps ranging in size from 24 to 290 cm.

Each luminaire is meticulously crafted by hand in the Ozeki workshop, a traditional family-run company based in Gifu. In a first step, bamboo rods are stretched across the original wooden forms designed by Noguchi to make the framework that determines the object's shape. Washi paper, derived from the bark of the mulberry tree, is cut in strips to fit the size and shape of the lamp and then glued to the bamboo ribbing. After the glue has dried, the wooden form is removed and the shade can be folded. The Akari Light Sculptures are packed for shipping or storage in flat boxes developed especially for the luminaires.

'The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun – so that its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.'
Isamu Noguchi

The Akari Light Sculptures are marked with a stylised sun-and-moon logo, which also resembles the corresponding Japanese characters. This symbol guarantees the authenticity of each product.

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Akari 1A
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Akari 1A 2D DWG2D DWG, 28.92KBDownload
Akari 1A 2D DXF2D DXF, 4.70KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 10.85KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D DWG3D DWG, 137.72KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D DXF3D DXF, 126.39KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D.daeDAE, 27.60KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D.fbxFBX, 62.29KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D.objOBJ, 56.76KBDownload
Akari 1A 3D.skpSKP, 63.28KBDownload
Akari 1AD
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Akari 1AD 2D DWG2D DWG, 29.16KBDownload
Akari 1AD 2D DXF2D DXF, 4.60KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 10.85KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D DWG3D DWG, 180.07KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D DXF3D DXF, 172.29KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D.daeDAE, 27.52KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D.fbxFBX, 76.12KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D.objOBJ, 140.17KBDownload
Akari 1AD 3D.skpSKP, 104.96KBDownload
Akari 1AG
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Akari 1AG 2D DWG2D DWG, 28.97KBDownload
Akari 1AG 2D DXF2D DXF, 4.60KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 10.85KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D DWG3D DWG, 155.91KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D DXF3D DXF, 144.34KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D.daeDAE, 27.61KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D.fbxFBX, 72.65KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D.objOBJ, 97.28KBDownload
Akari 1AG 3D.skpSKP, 83.35KBDownload
Akari 1AY
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Akari 1AY 2D DWG2D DWG, 28.88KBDownload
Akari 1AY 2D DXF2D DXF, 4.60KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 10.85KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D DWG3D DWG, 155.64KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D DXF3D DXF, 144.06KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D.daeDAE, 27.60KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D.fbxFBX, 72.44KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D.objOBJ, 94.61KBDownload
Akari 1AY 3D.skpSKP, 82.10KBDownload
Akari 1N
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Akari 1N 2D DWG2D DWG, 33.14KBDownload
Akari 1N 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.92KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 10.93KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D DWG3D DWG, 139.81KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D DXF3D DXF, 128.96KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D.daeDAE, 28.37KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D.fbxFBX, 85.38KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D.objOBJ, 176.27KBDownload
Akari 1N 3D.skpSKP, 126.43KBDownload
Akari 3X
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Akari 3x 2D DWG2D DWG, 24.76KBDownload
Akari 3x 2D DXF2D DXF, 1.88KBDownload
Akari 3x 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 32.10KBDownload
Akari 3x 3D DWG3D DWG, 238.98KBDownload
Akari 3x 3D DXF3D DXF, 224.90KBDownload
Akari 3X 3D.daeDAE, 77.01KBDownload
Akari 3X 3D.fbxFBX, 107.39KBDownload
Akari 3X 3D.objOBJ, 175.84KBDownload
Akari 3X 3D.skpSKP, 159.94KBDownload
Akari 20N
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Akari 20N 2D DWG2D DWG, 30.17KBDownload
Akari 20N 2D DXF2D DXF, 5.30KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 12.22KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D DWG3D DWG, 145.15KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D DXF3D DXF, 131.20KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D.daeDAE, 30.17KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D.fbxFBX, 85.22KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D.objOBJ, 177.84KBDownload
Akari 20N 3D.skpSKP, 144.85KBDownload
Akari 3A
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Akari 3A 2D DWG2D DWG, 34.06KBDownload
Akari 3A 2D DXF2D DXF, 7.09KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 13.31KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D DWG3D DWG, 306.21KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D DXF3D DXF, 312.70KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.daeDAE, 27.75KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.fbxFBX, 392.51KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.objOBJ, 1.47MBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.skpSKP, 455.63KBDownload
Akari 3AD
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Akari 3A 2D DWG2D DWG, 34.06KBDownload
Akari 3A 2D DXF2D DXF, 7.09KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 13.31KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D DWG3D DWG, 306.21KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D DXF3D DXF, 312.70KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.daeDAE, 27.75KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.fbxFBX, 392.51KBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.objOBJ, 1.47MBDownload
Akari 3A 3D.skpSKP, 455.63KBDownload
Akari 7A
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Akari 7A 2D dwg2D DWG, 25.12KBDownload
Akari 7A 2D dxf2D DXF, 27.28KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 201.45KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D daeDAE, 296.95KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D dwg3D DWG, 1005.34KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D dxf3D DXF, 1.02MBDownload
Akari 7A 3D fbxFBX, 311.01KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D objOBJ, 533.63KBDownload
Akari 7A 3D skpSKP, 1.16MBDownload
Akari 9A
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Akari 9A 2D dwg2D DWG, 41.39KBDownload
Akari 9A 2D dxf2D DXF, 44.78KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 171.28KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D daeDAE, 246.81KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D dwg3D DWG, 788.64KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D dxf3D DXF, 838.48KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D fbxFBX, 273.36KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D objOBJ, 466.71KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D skpSKP, 896.96KBDownload
Akari 9AD
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Akari 9A 2D dwg2D DWG, 41.39KBDownload
Akari 9A 2D dxf2D DXF, 44.78KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 171.28KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D daeDAE, 246.81KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D dwg3D DWG, 788.64KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D dxf3D DXF, 838.48KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D fbxFBX, 273.36KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D objOBJ, 466.71KBDownload
Akari 9A 3D skpSKP, 896.96KBDownload
Akari 10A
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Akari 10A 2D DWG2D DWG, 30.69KBDownload
Akari 10A 2D DXF2D DXF, 5.74KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 6.62KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D DWG3D DWG, 265.96KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D.daeDAE, 14.76KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D.dxf3D DXF, 277.35KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D.fbxFBX, 379.80KBDownload
Akari 10A 3D.objOBJ, 1.46MBDownload
Akari 10A 3D.skpSKP, 392.86KBDownload
Akari 14A
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Akari 14A 2D DWG2D DWG, 33.28KBDownload
Akari 14A 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.51KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 25.37KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D DWG3D DWG, 368.46KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D DXF3D DXF, 362.70KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D.daeDAE, 53.88KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D.fbxFBX, 424.56KBDownload
Akari 14A 3D.objOBJ, 1.50MBDownload
Akari 14A 3D.skpSKP, 504.94KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S
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Akari BB3-33S 2D DWG2D DWG, 26.78KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 2D DXF2D DXF, 3.41KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 33.59KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D DWG3D DWG, 474.31KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D DXF3D DXF, 479.59KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D.daeDAE, 51.01KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D.fbxFBX, 627.64KBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D.objOBJ, 2.76MBDownload
Akari BB3-33S 3D.skpSKP, 872.15KBDownload
Akari 45A
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Akari 45A 2D DWG2D DWG, 31.39KBDownload
Akari 45A 2D DXF2D DXF, 5.48KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 38.35KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D DWG3D DWG, 264.13KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D DXF3D DXF, 230.62KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D.daeDAE, 76.89KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D.fbxFBX, 112.40KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D.objOBJ, 114.07KBDownload
Akari 45A 3D.skpSKP, 261.90KBDownload
Akari 55A
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Akari 55A 2D DWG2D DWG, 32.49KBDownload
Akari 55A 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.50KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 38.29KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D DWG3D DWG, 264.89KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D DXF3D DXF, 231.19KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D.daeDAE, 76.72KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D.fbxFBX, 112.72KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D.objOBJ, 114.04KBDownload
Akari 55A 3D.skpSKP, 265.88KBDownload
Akari 75A
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Akari 75A 2D DWG2D DWG, 31.20KBDownload
Akari 75A 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.11KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 37.96KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D DWG3D DWG, 263.86KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D DXF3D DXF, 230.52KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D.daeDAE, 76.53KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D.fbxFBX, 113.72KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D.objOBJ, 113.63KBDownload
Akari 75A 3D.skpSKP, 262.57KBDownload
Akari 120A
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Akari 120A 2D DWG2D DWG, 33.28KBDownload
Akari 120A 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.61KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 38.32KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D DWG3D DWG, 263.30KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D.daeDAE, 74.17KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D.dxf3D DXF, 227.67KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D.fbxFBX, 112.15KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D.objOBJ, 111.91KBDownload
Akari 120A 3D.skpSKP, 263.00KBDownload
Akari 55D
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Akari 55D 2D DWG2D DWG, 32.80KBDownload
Akari 55D 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.37KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 34.63KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D DWG3D DWG, 275.92KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D DXF3D DXF, 246.29KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D.daeDAE, 72.91KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D.fbxFBX, 126.35KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D.objOBJ, 228.05KBDownload
Akari 55D 3D.skpSKP, 332.90KBDownload
Akari 75D
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Akari 75D 2D DWG2D DWG, 32.15KBDownload
Akari 75D 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.12KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 34.58KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D DWG3D DWG, 275.10KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D DXF3D DXF, 245.60KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D.daeDAE, 72.95KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D.fbxFBX, 127.25KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D.objOBJ, 228.50KBDownload
Akari 75D 3D.skpSKP, 327.61KBDownload
Akari 50EN
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Akari 50EN 2D DWG2D DWG, 32.68KBDownload
Akari 50EN 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.52KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 33.23KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D DWG3D DWG, 264.17KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D DXF3D DXF, 239.47KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D.daeDAE, 70.03KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D.fbxFBX, 122.33KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D.objOBJ, 224.72KBDownload
Akari 50EN 3D.skpSKP, 314.00KBDownload
Akari 70EN
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Akari 70EN 2D DWG2D DWG, 32.48KBDownload
Akari 70EN 2D DXF2D DXF, 6.19KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 33.45KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D DWG3D DWG, 263.38KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D DXF3D DXF, 238.60KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D.daeDAE, 69.74KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D.fbxFBX, 122.71KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D.objOBJ, 224.41KBDownload
Akari 70EN 3D.skpSKP, 315.41KBDownload
Akari 45X
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Akari 45X 2D DWG2D DWG, 25.28KBDownload
Akari 45X 2D DXF2D DXF, 2.22KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D 3DS3D 3DS, 3.88KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D DWG3D DWG, 71.42KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D DXF3D DXF, 6.54KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D.daeDAE, 8.22KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D.fbxFBX, 53.96KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D.objOBJ, 149.98KBDownload
Akari 45X 3D.skpSKP, 91.82KBDownload
Akari 16A
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Akari 16A 2D dwg2D DWG, 48.59KBDownload
Akari 16A 2D dxf2D DXF, 52.50KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 110.34KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D daeDAE, 199.46KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D dwg3D DWG, 769.95KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D dxf3D DXF, 782.07KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D fbxFBX, 240.99KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D objOBJ, 261.79KBDownload
Akari 16A 3D skpSKP, 759.15KBDownload
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