Akari

The Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi started designing light sculptures in 1951, and he named these Araki, which means ‘light’ in Japanese. Noguchi was intent on creating works that served practical and social purposes. On a trip to Japan, he visited Gifu—a city known for their exhibitions of lanterns and paper parasols—and this is when he drew the first sketches for the Akari light sculptures. In the years that followed, he created more than 100 models, comprising pendants, floor, table, and ceiling lamps ranging 24 to 290 cm.

Ever since Isamu Noguchi first designed the Akari Light sculpture, these have been made by hand at the Ozeki workshop in Gifu, Japan. It takes around six hours to manufacture one lamp, and it’s all done by the best Japanese artisans out there. The crossed bamboo branches are assembled to create a template for the lamp, then the paper is carefully glued onto this wooden frame. One piece at a time, so it’s perfect. Once the glue has dried, the frame is removed, and the lampshade can be folded and shipped in flat boxes.

Isamu Noguchi sculptural design – more than just lighting

The sculptural lamp appears original yet traditional. The modern light source lights up the traditional craftsmanship and highlights the lamp’s natural shape. The Akari lamps can neither be defined as functional products nor as art, instead lying somewhere in the middle. When the light shines through the delicate paper, it bathes the room in a warm and comfortable glow that lends the surroundings a sense of inviting calm. In other words, the lamps don’t just add light to the room, they bring a relaxing atmosphere to any style of interior design.
Akari 55A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 19-11-2021
Akari 21A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 19-11-2021
Akari E Pendant - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 45A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 9AD Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 17-09-2021
Akari 50EN Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 120A Pendant - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 26A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 19-11-2021
Akari 9A Table Lamp - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 16A Pendant - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 10A Floor Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 29-12-2021
Akari 1A Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari YP1 Pendant - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 20N Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 25N Floor Lamp - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari YA2 Table Lamp - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 1AG Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 1N Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 29-12-2021
Akari 1AD Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 29-12-2021
Akari 55D Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 3AD Table Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 17-09-2021
Akari UF3-Q Floor Lamp - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
Akari 7A Table Lamp - Vitra
Expected in: 150 - 180 days
Akari 33N Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 06-08-2021
Akari 23A Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 17-09-2021
Akari 70EN Pendant - Vitra
Back in stock on 12-11-2021
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