Akari lamps are a type of lighting fixture that was designed by the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in the 1950s. The word "akari" means "light" in Japanese, and the lamps are inspired by traditional Japanese paper lanterns.
Akari lamps are made of handmade washi paper that is stretched over a bamboo or wire frame. The paper is then glued and reinforced with a thin metal frame to create a durable and lightweight structure. The lamps emit a warm and diffuse light that creates a soft and inviting atmosphere in any space.
The original Akari lamp collection consisted of over 100 different designs, ranging in size from small table lamps to large floor lamps. Each lamp is numbered and signed by Noguchi, and some of the more rare and unique designs can be quite valuable.