Artist/Designer: Isamu Noguchi
b. 1904 Los Angeles - 1988 New York City
Title: Akari Light Sculpture (Floor Lamp UF4-L10)
Medium: Japanese washi paper, bamboo, metal
Dimensions: 76" x 18" x 17"
Manufacturer: Akari, Produced in Gifu, Japan.
Details: The Akari Light Sculptures were designed in 1951 and are still in production today. At the bottom of the shade, his signature I. Noguchi is printed in black along with Japan and a moon symbol in red. Shade and stand fold flat in the original box for shipping. Set up is simple, once the shade is over the stand, the shade is tied with four black ties to hold the shade at the bottom of the stand. The ties add an additional decorative element to the design. A 75 watt bulb is recommended. This example in excellent condition in original box.
Notes from the Archive: Isamu Noguchi is one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. In addition to his acclaimed work in sculpture, he designed an amazing range of projects including parks, playgrounds and plazas, furniture and gardens, and the Akari paper lights. He designed the iconic Noguchi Coffee Table for Herman Miller as part of a collection which included work by Charles Eames and George Nelson. He also designed numerous stage sets for dancer-choreographer Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and George Balanchine. Noguchi's work epitomizes the longstanding symbiosis of moderism with traditional Japanese design and decorative arts. Simple, elegant and poetic.
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