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    Akari 1AD Light

    Designed by: Isamu Noguchi
    Manufactured by: Vitra

    Year of production: 1951 

    The works of Japanese American designer Isamu Noguchi are unusually multi-layered. The Vitra Design Museum has been producing re-editions of his designs in cooperation with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation, New York since 2002. Some of these are today part of the Vitra Collection. 

    In 1951 the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a group of works handcrafted out of shoji 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 light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. 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) 

    Technical Information:

    Lamp shades: Shoji paper, some partially painted
    Some models with end pieces in wood/bamboo
    Structure: Bamboo/steel wire
    Legs: Painted steel wire

    H 430 x W 260 x D 260
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