20th Century Design Online
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) "Akari" Bamboo Floor Lamp, Japan, c. 1950, bamboo shaft with brass fittings supported by biomorphic bulbous cast iron base, no shade, "Bonniers," "Made in Japan," and "100 WATT" cast in base, ht. 55, base wd. 5 1/2 in.
Note: Isamu Noguchi was one of the 20th century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors and designers. Influenced by his mentor, Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, and by the abstract forms of Jean Arp and Japanese Zen gardens, Noguchi gained acclaim in 1946 when his biomorphic interlocking stone sculptures were included in 14 Americans at the Museum of Modern Art.
Integrating Japanese aesthetics with Western modernism, he pursued a lifetime of artistic experimentation that transcended the boundaries of art, design, theater, and architecture. He brought his belief that sculpture should shape space to iconic design objects such as his series of 'Akari Light Sculptures,' hanging or freestanding Shoji-paper, bamboo, and wire lamps with a clean, molded aesthetic.
His iconic coffee table, a soft-cornered, triangular glass top above curved, asymmetrical wood supports, fueled a successful partnership with the modernist design manufacturer Herman Miller. (Artsy.com)
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