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"Akari" Floor Lamp

Designed by Isamu Noguchi, American, 1904 - 1988. Made by George Kovacs Lighting, Inc., New York, 1954 - present.

Made in United States, North and Central America

Designed 1975

Mulberry bark paper, bamboo, metal

open: 45 x 32 inches (114.3 x 81.3 cm) closed: 7 x 30 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches (17.8 x 76.8 x 76.8 cm)

© The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1979

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The sculptor Isamu Noguchi designed this lamp, one of a series inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns. He named the lamps akari, which means "the light of illumination" and "the essence of lightness."