Akari sphere pendant

Isamu Noguchi | Vitra

The Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are a series of luminaires, handcrafted from traditional washi paper by Japanese artisans. These lantern lights are made from washi-paper and have structures made from bamboo and steel wire.

These spherical pendant lights are available in four different sizes

  • 45A: Dia. 45   H 45 cm
  • 55A: Dia. 55   H 55 cm
  • 75A: Dia. 75   H 75 cm
  • 120: Dia. 120  H 120 cm


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In 1951 the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a group of works handcrafted out of washi paper that eventually comprised over 100 luminaires – table, floor and ceiling lamps. He chose the name 'akari' for these objects, a word that means 'light' in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. 'The harshness of electricity is transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun – so that its warmth may...

  • 45A: Dia. 45   H 45 cm
  • 55A: Dia. 55   H 55 cm
  • 75A: Dia. 75   H 75 cm
  • 120: Dia. 120  H 120 cm

This product is available at trade terms - please contact the SCP Contracts team on 020 7749 7399 contracts@scp.co.uk for further information.