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Akari A9 lamp Vitra


In 1951, the Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi started developing Akari Light Sculptures, a collection of handmade washi paper lamps, which eventually consisted of more than 100 lamps: table lamps, floor lamps and hanging lamps. For these objects he chose the name 'akari' a Japanese word meaning 'light'.

Since 2002, Vitra has been re-issuing his designs in collaboration with the Isamu Noguchi Foundation in New York. Every lamp is meticulously hand-crafted in the Ozeki workshop, a traditional family business in Gifu. In the first step, bamboo sticks are stretched over the original wooden shapes designed by Noguchi to create the framework that determines the shape of the object. Washi paper, made from the bark of the mulberry tree, is cut into strips that match the size and shape of the lamp, and then glued onto the bamboo platform. After the glue has dried, the wooden mold can be removed and the lampshade can be folded.

The Akari lamps are all marked with a stylized logo of a sun and a moon, which also resemble the corresponding Japanese characters. This symbol guarantees the authenticity of every product.

The Akari A9 is available in our shop. Any other lamp in the Akari collection can be ordered from us.


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The Akari 9A lamp is 44 cm wide and 69 cm high.

The lamp is made of washipaper around a structure of bamboo and steel wire.


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