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Japanese Paper Lanterns Inspire Modern Home Lighting
By Aggregated Content in Lighting on May 28, 2013
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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