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Pyramid table lamp features a handmade ivory Washi paper shade with bamboo ribbing on black metal base. Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. One 60 watt, 120 volt, A19 medium base incandescent lamp not included. General light distribution. Made in Japan. 12 inch square x 15 inch height.
In 1951 Isamu Noguchi visited the Japanese town of Gifu, know for its manufacture of lanterns and umbrellas from the mulberry bark paper and bamboo. Inspired by the lanterns illuminating night fishing on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of his lamps that would be produced by the traditional Gifu methods of construction. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. Extending the concept of illuminated sculpture that he developed during the 1940s in New York, Noguchi employed abstract shapes to unite the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with the principles of contemporary art and design. More that home furnishing, Akari are light sculptures.With the warm glow of light cast through hand-made paper on a bamboo frame, Isamu Noguchi utilized traditional Japanese materials to bring modern design to the home. Like the beauty of falling leaves and the cherry blossom, Noguchi wrote, Akari are "poetic, ephemeral, and tentative." And he was fond of saying, "All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.
On Feb 01, 2017 by Mark D. from Palo Alto, California (Customer)
Lovely to look at. However, be aware that all Akari lamps are fragile so they need to be in a place where they are not likely to be bumped. The wire frame on which the shade sits needs to be assembled around the bulb socket. This is harder to do than one might expect and there are no instructions in the box.
On Aug 27, 2013 by Cheryl F. from Roanoke, Virginia (Customer)
so cute! I love it! What a great piece.
On Aug 27, 2013 by Sean G. from Hermosa Beach, California (Customer)
cheap piece of crap. looked nice for a week until my 3 year old son got a hold of it. Now it's torn to shreds with more holes than a sieve. Since the shade is what makes the lamp, there's NOTHING I can do.