Isamu Noguchi

The late modernist sculptor sits in his studio in Long Island City, N.Y., in the 1960s, surrounded by his lighting sculptures. Japanese paper lanterns used in ancestor worship customs were the inspiration for Noguchiís lamp designs, which he called akari, the Japanese word for light. The lamps became classics of mid-20th century modern home design, and while the concept has been widely imitated, Noguchiís original designs are still produced and sold by his foundation.

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