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Akari 26A / 21A / 15A

by Isamu Noguchi, 1951 — from 379,00 €
Vitra Akari 26A / 21A / 15A

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The Akari ceiling lamp was designed by Isamu Noguchi and is available in the versions Akari 26A, Akari 21A and Akari 15A. The ceiling lamp is part of the Vitra collection of Akari Light Sculptures, a product line of more than 100 original lamps which are all handmade from shoji paper.

Please note: If your desired Akari lamp is not currently in stock, we are unfortunately unable to tell you a specific delivery time. Due to the difficult circumstances on the world market regarding the procurement of raw materials and stagnating supply chains, as well as the fact that the Akari lamps are handmade in Japan by only a few specialists, waiting times of several months can unfortunately occur. If in doubt, please ask our friendly service team about availability before buying to avoid disappointment.


Product type Ceiling lamp

Dimensions in mm
Cable length: 220 cm
Material Shoji paper
Structure: bamboo/steel wire
Cable: textile
Variants Available in 3 sizes
Function & properties Socket E 27, max. 75 W
Assembly Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,4 MB).
Delivery includes With electrification set including supply line, canopy and illuminant (energy class A++)
Care Protruding fibres (lint) are possible, and normal.
The lamp can be dusted with a feather duster.
Exposure to oil and grease vapours should be avoided as these can stain the paper shade
Warranty 24 months
Product datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,4 MB).

Popular versions

Akari 26A / 21A / 15A, 280 x 650 x 650 mm (21A)
Akari 26A / 21A / 15A, 250 x 450 x 450 mm (26A)
Akari 26A / 21A / 15A, 330 x 880 x 880 mm (15A)

Design Story

The Vitra Akari 26A, 21A and 15A lights are part of the famous collection of Akari Light Sculptures which the Japano-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi designed in 1951. Comprising a collection of over 100 different ceiling lamps, pendant lamps, floor lamps and table lamps, all of which were hand-made from shoji paper, Vitra today sells only a small part of his designs; adheres however in production to Noguchi's traditional handcraft manufacturing process. Thanks to the special material the Akari lamp emits a soft, pleasant light which discreetly, yet effectively, illuminates your living room. The Vitra Akari lamps 26A, 21A and 15A are all oval models and vary in terms of their dimensions. Since 1957 Vitra has produced designer furniture by international designers such as, for example, Charles and Ray Eames, Antono Citterio, Verner Panton or George Nelson and has developed on over the years and cooperations into one of the most respected and important producers of high quality contemporary furniture.

Designer Isamu Noguchi

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