Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lamps


Isamu Noguchi is a Japanese-American artist, well-known for fountain sculptures and furniture pieces like chairs and lamps.  Especially, I like his lamps called ‘Akari,’ which means ‘light’ in Japanese. He made them in a very traditional way using paper (shoji).


The reason he used paper for lamps is that he wanted to have the effect of natural lights from the lamps. “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.” His lamps are mass-produced and still sold.

Attached is the video about making Akari lamps.



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