the akari light sculptures designed by isamu noguchi are nothing less than icons of 1950s modern design. beginning in 1951, these lamps have been handmade for over half a century by the original manufacturer in gifu, japan. the paper lamp is a harmonious blend of japanese handcraft and modernist form created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, supported by a metal frame. this lamp is fully licensed and made available by the noguchi museum. each genuine akari model will have a stamped red sun and half moon with japan written under the symbol on the shade. next to the symbol will be the signature I. Noguchi. the lamps age gracefully due to the quality of the paper.