Published on October 20th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Materials: VÄTE table lamp, wire, brass tube, wood spheres, spray paint

Isamu Noguchi‘s Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi’s other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA’s permanent collection almost as long as it’s been around.

IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel frames that give an obvious nod to Noguchi. Thankfully, the 9.99 table lamp is perfect fodder to recreate an Akari-alike Beehive lamp. It takes less than an hour, and uses less than $15.00 in materials, lamp included.

See more of Chris’ noguchi inspired mid century lamp.

~ Chris

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to How to Make a Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

  1. Love the design..
    I will try making one..
    Thanks for a great idea..

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  4. Bedding Sets says:

    I also love his playful moon surface sculpture (in the Hirshhorn).

  5. nice blog and nice collection…especially the Noguchi-Inspired Mid-Century Modern Lamp

  6. Matias says:

    The same people that made the paint samples wallpaper?

  7. You have just awesome idea, i like this kind of lamp style, such a nice creation. I will try this.

  8. Drop-dead class.

    Noguchi was a master of the minimalist aesthetic.

    I love the way he respected nature’s ancient making, like when he would turn a streamlined river stone into a sculpture–without using much artifice at all.

    I also love his playful moon surface sculpture (in the Hirshhorn).

    Thanks for sharing this.

  9. Moontree says:

    I like your wall with the paint samples!! : )

  10. Alex Ingram says:

    great idea
    I love these style lamps |

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