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Isamu Noguchi Akari V2 / BB3 Stand, Ozeki, 1951

$13,570.72

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Akari model "V2" on "BB3" base by the famous artist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) Original shade in washi & bamboo rims Structure in black lacquered metal & pebble base in cast iron and bamboo stem Hand-made form realized by Ozeki Company, Gifu, Japan Series started in 1951 Early model with the iconic red logo, the Sun and the Moon.

Details

  • Creator
    Isamu Noguchi (Artist)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 67.72 in (172 cm)Diameter: 13 in (33 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    All our Akari are very early models. Historically important, all our Akari are showed to our spe. restorer to decide if yes or no we have to restore it to respect its integrity. To have more information on one particular piece, please contact us.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5871225526652

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: Paris, France
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    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Design

Akari Light Sculpture

Designed by Isamu Noguchi
It was a trip to Japan in the spring of 1951 that inspired artist and designer Isamu Noguchi (1904–88) to create the Akari light sculpture. Noguchi was passing through the city of Gifu, in central Japan, and observed a traditional nighttime festival in which fishermen use cormorants to help them catch fish. Each boat was equipped with a chochin lantern to light its way. Noguchi — one of the 20th century’s most inventive artists — was enraptured with the beauty of these traditional decorative lamps, which were made locally from mulberry bark and bamboo.The artist met with Gifu’s mayor, who explained that he was seeking a way to reinvigorate his city’s lantern industry. Aiming to bring the chochin’s traditional design into the 20th century, Noguchi made multiple prototypes with an incandescent bulb in place of a candle. He named the updated lantern Akari, which means both illumination and lightness in Japanese. Noguchi debuted his Akari light sculpture at an exhibition of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in Kamakura in 1952. It caught on immediately, not only as a piece of art but also as a functional design.Since 1951, Noguchi’s Akari lanterns have been handcrafted in Gifu. Fabricators stretch bamboo ribbing across molded wood forms, then glue washi paper — made from the bark of the mulberry tree — to the inside and outside of the resulting frame. Once the glue dries, the shape is set, and the internal wood form can be disassembled and removed. The lanterns are collapsible, a traditional feature that Noguchi insisted on keeping. They can thus be shipped flat around the world in shallow boxes or slender envelopes, and then easily unpacked and installed. This feature contributes to the sculpture’s practicality. As Noguchi was fond of saying, “All you require to start a home are a room, a tatami and Akari."
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