In 1951, Isamu Noguchi started to design the Akari Light Sculptures, a total of over 100 hand-made Minowashi paper models for table lights, standard lamps or ceiling luminaires. For the name of this lighting series he chose the word “akari“, the Japanese term for brightness and light.
"The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin-the sun-so that it's warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.”
Akari are still masterpiece of modern lighting design, even though there are so many imitations on the market.