...Geburtstag opens at Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, An der Rechtschule, 50667 Cologne on Saturday March 17th and runs until Sunday July 1st "Akari: Sculpture by Other Means" at the Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, USA The Akari light sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are arguably amongst the most challenging of design objects to explain, largely because there is so much Isamu Noguchi in them... There is therefore something very satisfying about the fact the Noguchi Museum have chosen largely to ignore the Akari themselves and instead present a series of installations which promise to allow for a more fundamental interaction with the objects than simply as lamps...
|Product type||Table lamp|
Dimensions in mm
|Material||Shade: shoji paper
Structure: bamboo/steel wire
Feet: painted steel wire
|Function & properties||Fitting E27, 40-60 W
|Assembly||Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 3,8 MB).
|Delivery includes||Powers supply cable supplied, light bulb not included in delivery|
|Care||Protruding fibres (lint) are always possible and are normal. The lamp can be dusted with a feather duster. Never expose the lamp to oil or grease vapours as these can stain.|
|Certificates & Sustainability||Vitra conform to
ISO 9001: 2008 (Quality management systems)
ISO 14001: 2004 (Environmental management systems)
|Product family||Akari Collection
|Datasheet||Click for more information (ca. 0,5 MB).
The Akari Light Sculptures series was designed in 1951 by the Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi; and today forms a central part of the portfolio of the Swiss manufacturer Vitra. The product family consists of over 100 different ceiling lamps, hanging lamps, floor lamps and table lamps, all of which were hand-made in Japan according to traditional production methods from shoji paper. Constructed from a supporting frame crafted from ribs of bamboo and occasionally featuring patterns on the shade the Vitra Akari Light Sculptures impress through there multi-faceted, sculptural forms which bring themselves in a very reserved accent to any room. Excellent suppliers of ambient light by themselves, in combination with other models the Vitra luminaries provide for very poetic installations and a unique ambience. Since 1957 Vitra has worked closely with well-known designers, starting with the likes of Charles and Ray Eames or George Nelson, and from this base has developed over the years, and in collaboration with progressive, contemporary designers a wide ranging portfolio of domestic furniture, office furniture and lighting.
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