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.

Table Lamp Model 5XTable Lamp Model 1NTable Lamp Models 4N and 5NTable Lamp Model 2N
Table Lamp Model 3X (3-4 MONTH LEAD TIME)Table Lamp Model YA2Table Lamp Models 1P and 2PTable Lamp  XP1
Table Lamp Model 20NTable Lamp Model 22NTable Lamp Model 24NTable Lamps Model 26N
VB13-T Table LampTable Lamp Model 1ATable Lamp Model 1AGTable Lamp Model 1AT
Table Lamp Model 1AVTable Lamp Model 1ARTable Lamp Model 1ASTable Lamp Model 1AD
Table Lamp Model BB1/30XNTable Lamp Model BB1/30DDTable Lamp Model BB1/30DLTable Lamp Model BB1/30FF
Table Lamp Model BB1/YA1Table Lamp Model BB2/S1Table Lamp Model BB2/45XNTable Lamp Model BB2/V1
Table Lamp Model BB2/X1Table Lamp Model BB2/K1Table Lamp Model 3ADTable Lamp Model 3A
Table Lamp Model 2A-UKAITable 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.