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Akari 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A

by Isamu Noguchi, 1951 — from 379,00 €
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The spherical Vitra pendant lamp Akari, a work which is available in the versions Akari 45A, Akari 55A, 75A and Akari Akari 120A, belongs to the collection of Akari Light Sculptures. The product line was designed by Isamu Noguchi and includes over 100 lamps in various forms, all of which are handmade from shoji paper. Vitra distributes part of the collection.

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 Pendant lamp

Dimensions in cm
Cable length: 220 cm
Material Shoji paper
Structure: bamboo/steel wire
Cable: textile
Variants Available in 4 sizes
Function & properties Fitting E27, 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 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A, Ø 55 cm (55A)
Akari 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A, Ø 45 cm (45A)
Akari 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A, Ø 75 cm (75A)
Akari 45A / 55A / 75A / 120A, Ø 120 cm (120A)

Design Story

The pendant lamps 45A, 55A, 75A and 120A are part of the collection of Akari Light Sculptures conceived by the Japanese artist and designer Isamu Noguchi in 1951: 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, who today sells only a part of his designs, adheres in production to Noguchi's handiwork manufacturing process. On account of the special material, the balloon-shaped paper lamp gives off a soft, pleasant light and can thus be effortlessly added to any space. The Akari lamps 45A, 55A, 75A and 120A are spherical models and are available in various sizes. Since 1957 Vitra has been a producer of well-known designer furniture from the likes of Charles and Ray Eames or George Nelson and has developed on this basis over the years, and in cooperation with progressive designers, a successful portfolio of contemporary and classic furniture designs.

A range of Akari lights from Vitra

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Lost Furniture Design Classics: Model 9 Table Lamp by Isamu Noguchi for Knoll Associates

...Isamu Noguchi's most popularly known work is inarguably his Akari lamps, yet before Akari there came a lamp which in many regards exists more in context of the man and his art than its more famous relations... In addition, and without any evidence beyond a gut feeling, the fact that the first Akari were offered for sale in America in 1953 may have left the much simpler Model 9 looking a little less interesting...

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...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...

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...The Akari Skirt As a phenomenon fashion exists in a state of continual revival and reinvention, something perfectly demonstrated by the hooped skirt: the farthingale of the 16th and 17th centuries, becoming the 18th century pannier before evolving into the 19th century crinolines, and achieving its most contemporary guise as the Akari Skirt, an object inspired by Isamu Noguchi's 1951 light sculptures... Replacing the willow, whalebone and steel of past generations with rings of bamboo, the Akari skirt offers a lighter, more sustainable version of the genre, and thereby one more in tune with contemporary ecological considerations...

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...And increased his creative repertoire to include furniture design and lighting design; his most famous works being without question his Coffee Table for Herman Miller, his Rocking Stools for Knoll and above all his Akari light sculpture family...

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