Thursday, July 23, 2009

Noguchi Akari Light Sculptures


Seventeen years ago, my sister received an Isamu Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture as a wedding gift, and I've loved them ever since. Noguchi described them as "poetic, ephemeral, and tentative". Beautiful. I particularly admire how they enhance these spaces...
And, though I do not know if these sculptures below are Noguchi's, I love them anyway...
From the Noguchi Musem's website:

"Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness.

"In 1951 Isamu Noguchi visited the Japanese town of Gifu, know for its manufacture of lanterns and umbrellas from the mulberry bark paper and bamboo. Inspired by the lanterns illuminating night fishing on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of his lamps that would be produced by the traditional Gifu methods of construction. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. Extending the concept of illuminated sculpture that he developed during the 1940s in New York, Noguchi employed abstract shapes to unite the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with the principles of contemporary art and design. More that home furnishing, Akari are light sculptures.

" 'All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.'

"With the warm glow of light cast through hand-made paper on a bamboo frame, Isamu Noguchi utilized traditional Japanese materials to bring modern design to the home. Like the beauty of falling leaves and the cherry blossom, Noguchi wrote, Akari are 'poetic, ephemeral, and tentative.' And he was fond of saying, 'All that you require to start a home are a room, a tatami, and Akari.' "

images via Noguchi Museum, Desire to Inspire, Desire to Inspire, Elle Decor June 2006, Remodelista, Design Sponge, Style Files, Desire to Inspire.

12 comments:

laurabrownart said...

those are incredible, i have always liked his work! that one in the closet with the shoes and the everyday life things is my favorite, i think.

ticklishfromadistance said...

Love them, too. So ethereal. Did I just write that. SOunds silly, but that is what comes to mind. xoxox

megan said...

these are gorgeous. i really need a new light for my kitchen and i would love an akari light sculpture! so pretty.

liza said...

Thanks team!!

The Lil Bee said...

I love these! I probably can't afford the real deal, but I might have to spring for some knockoffs for our den. I want just the right warm glow in that room, and these have always been a fave of mine.

Maya said...

Love them! I guess IKEA does too. I visited the museum in Queens a long time ago and just adored the garden there (and the lamps of course).

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

amazing interiors, love the lights!

malo said...

I love this post. Noguchi to me is one of the worlds best architects/designers.

eva ravenstein said...

ahhh, i love them too, great wedding gift! for now i have to be content with the Chinatown version, but one day...

Kristin said...

Gorgeous! I have a paper crate and barrel light that I adore!

liza said...

Thank you for visiting everyone!

Kaylovesvintage said...

love them, got his table
so one day I will get a Akari lamp

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