The Power of Simplicity: The Noguchi Lantern

{A Noguchi Lantern Floats above a Table in this New York City Loft | Image by Watson Simon via Architectural Digest}

I recently started working on a very exciting project in Atlanta. The house is lovely as is my client and the architect on the project is also wonderful. It’s a really great project that I am thrilled to be working on. Part of the scope of the project includes the renovation and design of a carriage house and pool house. The carriage house has soaring, beamed ceilings and the vibe of this space is meant to be more relaxed than the main house. As such, I’ve been thinking about using a Noguchi paper lantern in that space. I have always loved these fixtures for their luminous, sculptural, yet unassuming quality.

{Elizabeth Mayhew via the Schumacher Bulletin}

Then this weekend, while reading the new Schumacher Bulletin, I came across this room in Elizabeth Mayhew’s Hudson Valley home and it cemented my love for the Noguchi lantern even further. Originally designed in 1951, the iconic lanterns are technically called Akari Light Sculptures and were designed by Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi. Made from washi paper, bamboo, and a metal frame, they have been handmade by the same manufacturer in Japan for more than half a century. It’s pretty clear why they are so beloved in the design industry.

{David Salle via Architectural Digest}

{Neal Beckstedt}

{Shaun Smith}

{Tom Scheerer‘s First New York Apartment– Scheerer loves Noguchi lamps and uses them quite often!}

{Tom Scheerer}

{Tom Scheerer}

{Tom Scheerer}

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  1. Hi Paloma!
    just ordered this light for my new office in atlanta – 🙂
    great minds…! hope you are well – Meredith

  2. Do you happen to know which size these would be? what do you need to get the oversized effect? i really want to buy one but cannot figure out the right size — 21 inches? 29? 47? thanks!