Shoji-paper Lighting by Isamu Noguchi

Shoji-paper lighting fixtures by Isamu Noguchi are some of the most adorable in paper lighting. Known as Akari Light Sculptures, these famous lamp designs were created in 1951 and could very well be the inspiration for the modern decorative paper lighting.

“Akari” means lightness in Japanese. Light-weight and hand-made, these wonderful lamps bring coziness and style to modern interiors. What’s really interesting is that his versatile collection has a design for every decor style and every room.

Noguchi had designed a total of over 100 Shoji-paper fixtures including table, floor and ceiling lamps.

And we like quite a few – too bad we only discovered them recently.

Shop for this cool lighting at Vitra.



Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.