Designed by Isamu Noguchi, a multidisciplinary artist represented in MoMA’s collection, Akari Light Sculptures are luminous icons of midcentury modern lighting. Originally created by Noguchi to help modernize and revive Japan’s paper lantern industry, they’ve been handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. The XP1 model is a 15 x 6.75 x 6.75" tabletop lantern that balances rectilinear geometry and organic warmth. Harmonious blends of Japanese handcraft and modernist form, each Akari Light Sculpture is created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame. Powered by standard plug-in. 72”-cord kit included. E26 socket that requires an A19 style bulb.
15h x 6.75w x 6.75"d
Washi Paper, Bamboo, Steel
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.