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The Vitra Akari 50EN / 70EN lamp was designed by Isamu Noguchi and belongs to the Vitra collection of Akari Light Sculptures: a product line featuring over 100 original lamps, all of which are handmade from shoji paper. The Swiss manufacturer Vitra distributes a part of the collection under license.

Details

Product type Pendant lamp
Dimensions

Dimensions in mm
Cable length: 220 cm
Material Shoji paper
Structure: bamboo/steel wire
Cable: textile
Variants Available in 2 sizes
Function & properties Fitting E27, max. 75 W
Assembly Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,4 MB).
Production
Delivery includes With electrification set including supply line, canopy and illuminant (energy class A++)
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)
Warranty 24 months
Product family Akari Collection
Datasheet Please click on picture for detailed information (ca. 0,4 MB).

Popular versions

Akari 50EN / 70EN, 250 x 500 x 500 mm (50EN)
Akari 50EN / 70EN, 330 x 700 x 700 mm (70EN)

Design Story

The Vitra Akari 50EN / 70EN pendant lamp belongs to the Akari Light Sculptures series created in 1951 by the Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi: and which 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 their 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.

Designer Isamu Noguchi with his Akari Light Sculptures

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