Akari Light Sculptures
Akari Floor Lamps | The Noguchi Museum
Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for a half century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form.

The lamps are created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame.

Floor Lamp Model UF3-DLFloor Lamp Model UF3-XNFloor Lamp Model UF3-SFloor Lamp Model UF3-U
Floor Lamp Model UF3-HFloor Lamp Model UF3-L6Floor Lamp Model UF3-QFloor Lamp Model 14A
Floor Lamp Model 10AFloor Lamp Model 13AFloor Lamp Model UF4-33NFloor Lamp Model UF4-31N
Floor Lamp Model UF4-L5Floor Lamp Model UF4-L6Floor Lamp Model UF4-L8Model UF4-L9
Floor Lamp Model UF4-L10Model UF4-J1Model UF5/33NWFloor Lamp Model BB3/33S
Floor Lamp Model BB3/70XNFloor Lamp Model BB3/55DDFloor Lamp Model BB3/55FFFloor Lamp Model BB3/75DL
Model BB3 |  X3


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Recognizing an Original

A genuine Akari model will have a stamped red sun and half moon with Japan written under the symbol on the shade. Next to the symbol will be the signature "I. Noguchi".
The lamps age gracefully due to the quality of the paper.