Like its Japanese ancestors, the Akari Beehive Light Sculpture (also known as the Akari Model 1N) 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 Beehive 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
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