Key facts

Product:
Akari B
Family:
Akari Light Sculptures
Manufacturer:
Vitra
Designer:
Isamu Noguchi
Order number:
201 584 01
Architonic ID:
1153419
Country:
Switzerland
Launched:
1951
Groups:
Suspended lights-General lighting
Suspended lights-Lighting objects
Suspended lights-Pendant lights in paper

Product description

460 x 460 x H 2350 mm

Concept

In 1951, American/Japanese artist and designer Isamu Noguchi started to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a total of over 100 hand-made Shoji-paper models for table lights, standard lamps or ceiling luminaires. For the name of this lighting series he chose the word “akari”, the Japanese terms for brightness and light, and also lightness. Collection Vitra Design Museum.

“The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun – so that ist warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.” (Isamu Noguchi)