This iconic Akari Paper Lantern Light Sculpture blends traditional Japanese handicraft with modernist style. Handmade of washi paper and bamboo ribbing that is supported by a metal frame and a tripod base, the Akari Paper Lantern Light Sculpture lends personality to any room, whether it serves as office lighting or as a table lamp in your home. Light Sculptures from the Akari "light" series have been represented in the Museum's design collection since the 1950s. A multifaceted artist and designer, Isamu Noguchi was first inspired to create his Akari Light Sculpture series after a trip to Gifu, Japan, during which he noticed lanterns illuminating night fishing along the Nagara River. MoMA has a long and storied history with Japan, featuring over 1,000 works in the collection by Japanese artists and designers including objects, tea-related items, textiles, furniture design, films, painting, and sculpture. This genuine Akari Light Sculpture features a stamped symbol and the designer's signature. Powered by standard plug-in. Requires one 40-watt bulb (not included). Simple assembly required.
22h x 11"w
Year of Design
Isamu Noguchi’s work has been on view in over 50 MoMA exhibitions throughout the years, beginning in 1930 with the exhibition 46 Painters and Sculptors under 35 Years of Age and there are many examples of his designs illustrating the breadth of his work across various media and styles in MoMA’s collection. As an artist and designer Noguchi's work transcends stylistic silos, movements and cultures. His propensity for overlooking labels and borders may have stemmed from his family: His Japanese father was a poet and his Scottish-American mother a writer. “I do not wish to belong to any school,” he said. “I am always learning, always discovering.” His wide-ranging work includes everything from his iconic coffee table and light sculpture designs to the gardens for the UNESCO Building in Paris and fountains for Tokyo’s Supreme Court Building.