ISSUE 8  |  Wabi-Sabi Week

5 Quick Fixes: Oversize Noguchi Lanterns

February 20, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Some of our favorite living spaces feature oversize Akari globe lanterns, designed by Isamu Noguchi, suspended from the ceiling like moons.

Designed by Noguchi in 1951 and handmade by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the ceiling shades are made of handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing. The Globe Akari Lantern is available in five sizes, ranging from a 12-inch size ($130) to a 47-by-46-inch size ($1.335), directly from The Noguchi Museum in NY.

Above: A serene dining room photographed by Melanie Acevedo.

Above: Designer Chad McPhail's Williamsburg apartment; photo by Jolie Ruben for Time Out New York. The lantern is a licensed reproduction from the Noguchi Museum; "There are obviously a bazillion rip-offs all over the place," McPhail says, "but as an interior designer, I feel bad buying rip-offs."

Above: The Stockholm apartment of artist Mats Gustafson, photo by Magnus Marding via the NY Times.

Above: Julianne Moore's NYC parlor (for more, see Steal This Look: Julianne Moore's West Village Living Room).

Above: The home of Nantes-based Mr. and Mrs. Clynk.