Vitra | Akari Table Light 9A

Washi Paper
D690 x H440 mm

In 1951 Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, works characterised by weightless luminosity. He chose the name 'akari' for these objects, a word that means 'light' in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. During a journey to Japan, Noguchi paid a visit to Gifu, a town known for its manufacture of paper parasols and lanterns. While there he sketched his first two Akari Light Sculptures, and over the following years he created a total of more than 100 models, consisting of table, floor and ceiling lamps ranging in size from 24 to 290 cm.

To create the ribbed shape, thin bamboo rods are stretched across the original wooden form designed by Noguchi. Then washi paper is cut into strips and painstakingly adhered to the bamboo ribbing. After the drying process, the wooden form is removed and the lantern can be collapsed flat. 

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    Isamu Noguchi

Dimensions: 44 x 69cm high
Material: Handmade washi paper, bamboo ribbing and metal frame
Structure: bamboo/steel wire.
Light source: 4W LED
Dimmability: not dimmable.
Max. watt: 12 W
Cable length for table lamps: 130 cm.
Cable length for ceiling lamps: 220 cm.

SKU: vitra-akari-table-light-9a-Handmade washi paper, bamboo ribbing and metal frame
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