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AKARI 3A

Japanese paper table lamp

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AKARI 3A By Vitra

Type

Japanese paper table lamp

Materials

Bamboo, Steel, Japanese Paper

Designers
Manufacture year
1951

In 1951 the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a group of works handcrafted out of shoji paper that eventually comprised over 100 luminaires – table, floor and ceiling lamps.‎ He chose the name ‚akari‘ for these objects, a word that means ‚light‘ in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness.‎
‚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 its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.‎‘ (Isamu Noguchi)

Materials:
- Lampshades: shoji paper, some partially painted.‎
- Some models with end pieces in wood/bamboo.‎
- Structure: bamboo/steel wire.‎
- Legs: painted steel wire.‎

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Akari Light Sculptures Collection by Vitra
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