Like its Japanese ancestors, the Akari Model 1N Light Sculpture has a delicate, slightly asymmetric design and is made from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame. Light sculptures from the Akari "light" series have been represented in the Museum's design collection since the 1950s, when electrified versions of the traditional Japanese lantern were designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi to revive Japan's paper lantern industry. 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. Supported by three metal legs, the Akari Model 1N works well as a table lamp or as office lighting. This genuine Akari design features a stamped symbol and the designer's signature. The Akari Table Light Sculpture 1N accommodates up to a 60-watt standard bulb (not included).
Why We Chose This
This elegant lamp gives the traditional craft of Japanese paper lanterns a distinctly modernist feel. The airy, delicate aesthetic belies the strength of the slim metal frame, washi paper and bamboo ribbing.
In or Related to MoMA's Collection
The Museum of Modern Art established the world's first curatorial department devoted to architecture and design. MoMA Design Store carries a selection of design objects from that collection. We only offer authorized versions in the colors and materials selected by the original designers. MoMA's design collection is ever-changing, a reflection of the evolving field of design itself.
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.