ISSUE 2  |  Bath Essentials

Lighting: Noguchi Akari Lamps

January 15, 2010 4:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

For devotees of the iconic Noguchi Akari Lamp, the full line is available online from the Noguchi Museum Store (located in Queens and well worth a visit) as well as a selection of vintage pieces. Although several lamps have become classics, not everyone is aware that the line features almost 100 different designs (table, ceiling, and floor models). Created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, the lamps are still made by the original manufacturer in Japan; shown below is a selection of the Akari table lamps, which start at $105.

N.B. Years ago, a Japanese washi paper maker helped me repair a torn lantern with a very thin mix of flour and water, which effectively sealed the tear.