Design: Akari Light Sculpture
Designer: Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)
Country of Origin: United States & Japan
Materials and Construction: Handcrafted in Japan using traditional Gifu lantern techniques and materials. Washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal frame. The Akari lamps come in a number of shapes and sizes and are embellished with a number of different patterns (depicted above is model 1AR).
Fun facts: Noguchi was inspired to create his first Akari lamp after a visit to the Japanese town of Gifu, a locale known for its lantern production. “Akari” comes from the Japanese term for illumination.
Purchase: Noguchi Museum Shop
Further Reading: The Noguchi Museum
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.