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Jan 7, 2021

®esearch: Akari Lamps

Nothing can kill a room's good energy faster than BAD lighting. We've all experienced it. Walking into someone's place and feeling like you just stepped into a Walgreens. You hate to see it and even worse, it's hard to pay attention because you are trying not stroke out on account of all those lumens. Kelvins kill. 

We can read your mind: "OMG is my home poorly lit? How do I make my home lit in a good way? When you hear someone say it’s lit, are they referring to their home’s interior lighting?"

We've been conducting some deep ®esearch on interior lighting and are proud to share with you our latest learnings.

We recently discovered the work of American/Japanese artist and designer Isamu Noguchi.

The Akari lamps (or lighting sculptures) have a really nice vibe to them. Like a friendly, illuminated ghost that hangs out with you in your living room vibe. The lamp itself has established a huge following and has a long history:

In 1951 Isamu Noguchi visited the town of Gifu, Japan, known for its manufacture of lanterns and umbrellas from mulberry bark paper and bamboo. 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 picture above is the Akari UF3-Q. Like all Akari, the lamp is created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing. The lamps have been made in the same place in Japan since 1951.

Noguchi said that Akari are "poetic, ephemeral, and tentative." I want to feel that way about a lamp in my home. I NEED to feel that way about a lamp in my home

Learn more about Akari here or check out this super ambient, ASMRiffic video of an Akari lamp being made

Other acceptable options for interior lighting include this Hay Marselis floor lamp and just about anything from Schoolhouse Electric.