Noguchi Floor Lamp. One of the most important musicians of the twentieth century, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) expanded the standard notion of sculpture to incorporate the creation of dancing sets, gardens, playgrounds, fountains and furniture. Within this selection of spatial environment Isamu Noguchi's Akari lanterns hold a distinctive place, expressing his Japanese's American heritage in functions designed to enhance the quality everyday living.
In 1951 Isamu Noguchi visited the Japanese town regarding Gifu, know for its produce of lanterns and umbrellas from the mulberry bark papers and bamboo. Inspired through the lanterns illuminating night angling on the Nagara River, Noguchi designed the first of their lamps that would be produced by the original Gifu methods of construction. This individual called these works Akari, a term meaning light source as illumination, but also suggesting the idea of weightlessness. Extending the idea of illuminated sculpture that he created during the 1940s in Ny, Noguchi employed abstract styles to unite the simpleness of Japanese aesthetics using the principles of contemporary art as well as design. More that house furnishing, Akari are lighting sculptures.