Noguchi 20n Akari Lamp, recognized as a masterpiece of Japanese lighting design! The immensely attractive Noguchi 20n Akari Table Lamp was designed by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in Japan. Isamu Noguchi is celebrated around the world for his modern, functional Japanese lantern lights. This table lamp is light yet stylish, and designed for softly illumination rooms. Winner of the Stardust Design Classics award, the lamp is one of Noguchi's best-selling products, with thousands sold every year in Japan since its 1950's debut. Dimensions: H 24" (63cm) x W 16" (42cm) x D 16" (42cm). Color: natural. Material: Japanese washi paper, bamboo ribbing, metal. 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 term for brightness and light, and also 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).
Finishes: natural off-white paper. Light Source: 1 x 40W max (incandescent, halogen, fluorescent or LED). Bulb included: yes (incandescent). Year of Design: 1953. Made in: Gifu, Japan. Product code: 20N-AKARI. isamu noguchi is widely considered among the most important sculptors and designers of his day. his definition of sculpture was a broad one, and he created not only sculptures, but also designed stage sets, luminaires, furniture and public spaces, effectively bridging the gap between fine arts and the applied arts. the richly illustrated ouevre includes interiors and furniture, his relationship to brancusi, his affiliations with the new york art world, the artist's landscape designs, as well as japanese and american influences in noguchi's work.