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How do you clean a Noguchi lantern?

How do you clean a Noguchi lantern?

We suggest using a microfiber cloth or a dry paintbrush to remove dust. Any dry dusting tool can be used as long as it is not rough/textured. For stain or dirt removal, use a lightly adhesive cleaning tape, white play-doh or other semi-tacky clay, art-gum eraser, or cornstarch for oils.

Where are Akari lights made?

Ever since Isamu Noguchi first designed the Akari Light Sculptures, they have been handcrafted at the Ozeki workshop in Gifu, Japan. To create the ribbed shape, thin bamboo rods are stretched across the original wooden form designed by Noguchi.

When did Isamu Noguchi create the Akari light sculptures?

Noguchi intended his art to serve both practical and social functions, and his sculptural style exerted a lasting influence on the idiom of organic design in the 1950s. In 1951 Isamu Noguchi began to design the Akari Light Sculptures, works characterised by weightless luminosity.

What did Noguchi mean by the term Akari?

Noguchi designed the first of his lamps that would be produced by the traditional Gifu methods of construction. He called these works Akari, a term meaning light as illumination, but also implying the idea of weightlessness. The fabrication of Akari in Japan at Ozeki & Co. since 1951 follows the traditional methods for Japanese Gifu lanterns.

Where does the luminaire Akari light sculpture come from?

Each luminaire is meticulously crafted by hand in the Ozeki workshop, a traditional family-run company based in Gifu. In a first step, bamboo rods are stretched across the original wooden forms designed by Noguchi to make the framework that determines the object’s shape.

Why are the Akari lanterns important to Japan?

Moreover, the lightness of the AKARI lanterns speaks of the transient quality characteristic of Japanese craftsmanship since antiquity. Isamu Noguchi’s products are recognized around the world as a prime example of an attempt to revive beautiful and uniquely Japanese crafts.

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