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Japanese Paper Lanterns Inspire Modern Home Lighting

By Aggregated Content in Lighting on May 28, 2013 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/noguchi-lamp-designs-inspired-by-japanese-paper-lanterns-still-light-up-modern-home-decor/2013/05/28/e2b70e80-c7a8-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html

The round, white, paper light shades sold at Ikea for $5 are a familiar item in contemporary interior design. But these inexpensive lanterns are knockoffs of light sculptures created by the renowned artist Isamu Noguchi in the early 1950s.

The Noguchi lamps - called akari, the Japanese word for light - were inspired by traditional Japanese lanterns used in ancestor worship. Over the decades, the akari became classics of mid-20th century modern home decor.

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