Pyramid Table Lamp MFR ID: 5X

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Pyramid Table Lamp

By Isamu Noguchi, for Akari
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MFR ID: 5X
ITEM #: AKA24501
List Price: $131.25
$105.00

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Pyramid Table Lamp features a handmade ivory Washi paper shade with bamboo ribbing on a black metal base. Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. One 60 watt max 120 volt A19 medium base bulb is required, but not included. General light distribution. Made in Japan. 12 inch square x 15 inch height. Image is Copyright The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS.


  • Finish: Black
  • Shade Color: Ivory
  • Size: 12"L x 15"H x 12"W
  • Dimmer: Incandescent
About Akari

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.

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Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century’s most important and critically acclaimed sculptors.  Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs.  His work, at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern, set a new standard for the reintegration of the arts.

When given the opportunity to venture into the mass-production of his interior designs, Noguchi seized it.  In 1937 he designed a Bakelite intercom for the Zenith Radio Corporation, and in 1947, his glass-topped table was produced by Herman Miller.  This design—along with others such as his designs for Akari Light Sculptures which was developed in 1951 using traditional Japanese materials—are still being produced today.

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  • Finish: 
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  • Color: 
    Ivory  
  • Width 12”
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List Price:  $131.25

Price:  $105.00

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On Feb 01, 2017 by

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.

Quality: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Design: 5/5
Light Output: 4/5
Easy Installation: 3/5
WOW Factor: 5/5

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On Aug 27, 2013 by

so cute! I love it! What a great piece.

Quality: 5/5
Price: 4/5
Design: 5/5
Light Output: 3/5
Easy Installation: 4/5
WOW Factor: 5/5

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On Aug 27, 2013 by

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.

Quality: 1/5
Price: 1/5
Design: 5/5
Light Output: 4/5
Easy Installation: 5/5
WOW Factor: 1/5

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