Offered by: Béton Brut
30 Felstead Street London 12 , England Call Seller 44.788.195.3708


Isamu Noguchi Akari mod.22N table lamp

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  • Description
    Isamu Noguchi (1904 – 1988) was an artist, furniture designer, ceramicist, theatre designer and landscape architect. In 1951, he began designing Akari Light Sculptures – 100 of them – to reinvigorate the flailing craft of lantern making in Ozeki. Akari means ‘light’ in Japanese, suggesting luminous and weightless. Noguchi said of the series: “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 continue to fill our rooms at night.”

    Akari lampshades were made by highly skilled craftspeople in the traditional way. A coiled wire frame is wrapped with hand cut paper glued to the frame. Each piece takes a considerable time to make.

    The lamp is stamped at the base with the sun and moon symbol and Noguchi signature. The light has lots of age and patina, it holds a few small tears and the stand stands at a slight angle. The internal structure is slightly weakened to one side which is common with these lamps. Additional photos can be provided upon request. Rewired and PAT tested to UK standards.

    H63 W42 D42cm


    Price includes VAT, not applicable for export sales (item shipped from the UK).
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Period: 1980-1999
    Creation Date: 1980
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: H055E
    Incollect Reference #: 572411
  • Dimensions
    W. 16.54 in; H. 24.8 in; D. 16.54 in;
    W. 42 cm; H. 63 cm; D. 42 cm;
Message from Seller:

Béton Brut is a modernist furniture and lighting store in East London, curated by furniture dealer Sophie Pearce. It sells architect-led design from the last century and all pieces are available for purchase or hire. 'Béton Brut' was a concrete finish used in modernist architecture. It is honest, sculptural and uncompromising - just like the pieces. Shop and gallery space now open at Unit 2, 30 Felstead St, London E9 5LG. Open weekdays by appointment, and Saturdays 12-5 during exhibitions.

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