Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light
VITRA Akari 55A Suspension Light
Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light
VITRA Akari 55A Suspension Light
Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light
VITRA Akari 55A Suspension Light
Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light
VITRA Akari 55A Suspension Light
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Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light


The Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1951. This handcrafted, Japanese inspired light has a stunning mid-century feel, whilst retaining an spherical silhouette. Made from washi paper and bamboo ribbing, the pendant is supported with a metal frame.

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  • Designers : Isamu Noguchi
  • Year of Design : 1951
  • Material : Lamp shade: Shoji Paper
  • Structure: Bamboo and metal frame
  • Includes ceiling cap and textile cord.
  • Diameter: 55cm
  • Bulb (not included) E27/230V screw fitting.
  • Energy-saving bulbs designed with a maximum output of 5W to 20W and 2700K light colour.
  • IP20 Rated.
  • Made in Japan
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The Vitra Akari 55A Suspension Light was conceptualised in 1951 by Isamu Noguchi and was the first design of it's series. The 55A displays a beautiful light through the washi paper and would look stunning as a one of a kind focal point for any space, from bedrooms to living rooms.

The Akari Light Sculptures (1951) by Isamu Noguchi are a series of luminaires, handcrafted from traditional shoji paper by Japanese artisans. ‘The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun.’ (Noguchi)

The Akari series is inspired by the Japanese word for 'Light' and is characterised by the use of washi paper wrapped around lightweight bamboo. The collection now comprises over one hundred designs, featuring suspension lights, table lights and floor lights


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Brand Vitra
Designer Isamu Noguchi
Year of Design 1951
Dimensions Ø: 55cm
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IP Rating IP20
Bulb Specification Bulb (not included) E27/230V screw fitting.
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Isamu Noguchi

Los Angeles born, Isamu Noguchi continues to be one of the most celebrated sculptors of the twentieth century. He travelled a lot throughout his lifetime and this was a huge inspiration that can be found in his work through his experimentation of materials that he had seen widely used in different cultures around the world. His work did not gain public recognition until 1938 when he was commissioned to complete a large-scale sculpture symbolizing the freedom of the press, for the Associated Press building in the Rockefeller Centre. Noguchi seized this chance as it allowed him to fuse his passion for sculpture with his love of sharing its beauty with the world. His favourite piece was the Noguchi Coffee Table produced by Vitra - now a firm design classic.

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