Akari Light Sculptures
Akari Table 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.

Limited Edition: Tom Sachs, Command Service Module Lamp, 2016Table Lamp Model 1NTable Lamp Model 5X
Table Lamp Models 4N and 5NTable Lamp Model 2NTable Lamp Model 3X
Table Lamp Model YA2Table Lamp Models 1P and 2PTable Lamp  XP1
Table Lamp Model 20NTable Lamp Model 22NTable Lamp Model 24N
Table Lamps Model 26NVB13-T Table LampTable Lamp Model 1A
Table Lamp Model 1AGTable Lamp Model 1ATTable Lamp Model 1AV
Table Lamp Model 1ARTable Lamp Model 1ASTable Lamp Model 1AD
Table Lamp Model BB1/30XNTable Lamp Model BB1/30DDTable Lamp Model BB1/30DL
Table Lamp Model BB1/30FFTable Lamp Model BB1/YA1Table Lamp Model BB2/S1
Table Lamp Model BB2/45XNTable Lamp Model BB2/V1Table Lamp Model BB2/X1
Table Lamp Model BB2/K1Table Lamp Model 3ADTable Lamp Model 2A-UKAI
Table Lamp Model 3ATable Lamp Model 7ATable Lamp Model 9AD


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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.