We are great admirers of
Noguchi lamps for their delicate beauty and powerful simplicity. Quite a few of us here on staff, in fact, have at least one of the iconic Japanese midcentury lights in our homes.
Of course, we’re not the only ones captivated by the rice-paper light sculptures. Architects and design-minded creatives have long turned to Noguchi lamps to finish a room. Here are 10 examples from our archives. And be sure to scroll down to the end for five our favorites to buy.
Above: An Akari Ceiling Lamp, Model L5 from the Noguchi Museum Store hangs in the lofty living area of this Brooklyn apartment. Photograph by Bruce Buck, from An Eclectic Apartment Inspired by Japanese Storage Chests in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Above: Architect Jess Thomas chose a Noguchi ceiling light for her own living room. Photograph by and courtesy of Kate Sears; styling by Kate S. Jordan, from The Sentimental Minimalist: A Young Architect’s Bed-Stuy Townhouse Makeover. Above: A pair of Noguchi lanterns illuminates the space. Photograph by Richard Powers, from A Modernist Vacation Retreat in Australia, Rental Edition. Above: A Noguchi Floor Lamp Model 10A anchors a corner in the lobby of a Malibu inn. Photograph by Laure Joliet, from Hollywood-Style Zen in Malibu: Nobu Ryokan Guesthouse on Carbon Beach. Above: Jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker upgraded her Noguchi pendant light with a cloth-covered cord and a brass ceiling plate. Photograph by Laure Joliet, from Shift to Neutral: LA Jewelry Designer Kathleen Whitaker’s Radical Transformation. Above: Various Noguchi ceiling light designs hover over this museum restaurant in Copenhagen. See Kafeteria and Kunst: A New Copenhagen Cafe by Frederik Bille Brahe and Danh Vo. Above: Noguchi lights are arresting enough to hold center court in public spaces—yet understated and intimate enough for bedrooms, like this one. Photograph by Kate Sears; styling by Kate S. Jordan, from The Sentimental Minimalist: A Young Architect’s Bed-Stuy Townhouse Makeover. Above: A galaxy of trend-resistent Noguchi lanterns illuminates the dining area of Manufactory. Photograph by Mariko Reed, from 7 Ideas to Steal from the Manufactory in SF by Commune Design.