Handcrafted Poetry in Light

- I S A M U  N O G U C H I  A K A R I  L A M P S -

If you're looking for a way to add a touch of modern sophistication and warm Japanese ambiance to your home, look no further than the Akari light sculptures. They're a timeless expression of design that will bring a soft, poetic light into your life.

Akari: Where East meets West in a warm glow

Isamu Noguchi, a renowned sculptor and designer, wasn't just about crafting massive, museum-worthy pieces. In 1951, during a visit to Gifu, Japan, a town famous for its traditional paper lanterns, Noguchi embarked on a new artistic journey. Inspired by the delicate beauty of these lamps, he envisioned a way to bridge the gap between Eastern handcrafts and modern design. Thus, the Akari light sculptures were born.

Origins of the Akari Lamps

The name "Akari" itself is a testament to this fusion. In Japanese, it means "light," but also carries connotations of lightness and illumination. And that's exactly what these lamps embody. Handcrafted Poetry in Light. Akari lamps are more than just lighting fixtures; they're sculptural artworks that bathe your living space in a warm, inviting glow. Each lamp is meticulously crafted using:

Shoji paper: This handmade paper, also known as washi, is renowned for its strength, beauty, and light-diffusing properties.

Bamboo ribbing: The natural bamboo frame provides both structure and a touch of organic elegance.

Metal frames: These hidden frames ensure stability and safety.

The result? Luminaires that are as functional as they are stunning. The soft light filtering through the paper creates a calming ambiance, perfect for setting the mood in any room.

A Legacy of Light

Noguchi's vision wasn't just about design; it was about preserving a traditional craft. He partnered with skilled artisans in Gifu to ensure the Akari lamps were made using time-honored techniques. This commitment to quality and heritage continues today, with each Akari lamp still being handcrafted by these artisans.

Finding the right Akari for you

The Akari collection offers a vast array of shapes and sizes, ensuring there's a perfect lamp to suit your taste and space. From floor lamps that cast a warm glow over a reading nook to delicate pendants that add a touch of whimsy to a dining area, the possibilities are endless.

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Akari 10A Floor Lamp - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 10A Floor Lamp Vitra

819,00 €
(676,86 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 120A Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 120A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

3 289,00 €
(2 718,18 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 13A Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 13A Floor Lamp Vitra

989,01 €
(817,36 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 14A Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 14A Floor Lamp Vitra

1 239,00 €
(1 023,97 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 15A Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 15A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

1 098,99 €
(908,26 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 16A Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 16A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

628,99 €
(519,83 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 1A Table Lamp - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 1A Table Lamp Vitra

339,01 €
(280,17 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 1AD Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 1AD Table Lamp Vitra

379,00 €
(313,22 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 1AG Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 1AG Table Lamp Vitra

379,00 €
(313,22 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 1AY Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 1AY Table Lamp Vitra

379,00 €
(313,22 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 1N Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 1N Table Lamp Vitra

339,01 €
(280,17 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 20N Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 20N Table Lamp Vitra

509,00 €
(420,66 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 21A Ceiling Lamp - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 21A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

619,00 €
(511,57 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 23A Ceiling lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 23A Ceiling lamp Vitra

429,01 €
(354,55 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 70EN Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 70EN Ceiling Lamp Vitra

718,99 €
(594,21 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 24N Table lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 24N Table lamp Vitra

628,99 €
(519,83 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 25N Floor lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 25N Floor lamp Vitra

1 919,00 €
(1 585,95 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 26A Ceiling Lamp - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 26A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

379,00 €
(313,22 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 33N Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 33N Ceiling Lamp Vitra

1 049,00 €
(866,94 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 3A Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 3A Floor Lamp Vitra

649,00 €
(536,36 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF1-H Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF1-H Table Lamp Vitra

499,00 €
(412,40 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF2-33N Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF2-33N Table Lamp Vitra

603,90 €
(499,09 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF3-Q Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF3-Q Floor Lamp Vitra

1 259,01 €
(1 040,50 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF4-33N Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF4-33N Floor Lamp Vitra

2 049,00 €
(1 693,39 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF4-L10 Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF4-L10 Floor Lamp Vitra

2 094,99 €
(1 731,40 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari UF4-L8 Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari UF4-L8 Floor Lamp Vitra

2 049,00 €
(1 693,39 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 3X Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 3X Table Lamp Vitra

319,00 €
(263,64 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 45X Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 45X Ceiling Lamp Vitra

459,00 €
(379,34 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari BB3-33S Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari BB3-33S Floor Lamp Vitra

2 829,00 €
(2 338,02 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari BB3-55DD Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari BB3-55DD Floor Lamp Vitra

2 369,00 €
(1 957,85 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 50EN Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 50EN Ceiling Lamp Vitra

459,00 €
(379,34 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 55D Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 55D Ceiling Lamp Vitra

409,00 €
(338,02 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 3AD Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 3AD Floor Lamp Vitra

689,00 €
(569,42 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 9AD Floor Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 9AD Floor Lamp Vitra

718,99 €
(594,21 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari E Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari E Ceiling Lamp Vitra

2 679,00 €
(2 214,05 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari YA2 Table Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari YA2 Table Lamp Vitra

389,00 €
(321,49 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 55A Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 55A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

459,00 €
(379,34 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 75A Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 75A Ceiling Lamp Vitra

1 259,01 €
(1 040,50 € excl.VAT*)
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Akari 75D Ceiling Lamp - Vitra - Isamu Noguchi - Furniture by Designcollectors

Akari 75D Ceiling Lamp Vitra

1 019,00 €
(842,15 € excl.VAT*)

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