Gentle And Still
Light Fragment By Nendo

The multi-faceted artistic talents of Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi has kept him perpetually busy; his work and designs range from furniture, lighting and outdoor gardens. Among his creations, the ‘Akari’ (Japanese meaning light) series inspired many designers with the gentle and still power of art. Noguchi left a lasting legacy by creating beautiful, luminous and warm pieces of art for the home.

Although designers after Noguchi might not use the same material as the ‘Akari’ series, which was bamboo and Shoji, they based their ideas on Noguchi’s original concept with some twists in their  that demonstrated respect and appreciation for the artist. Japanese design studio Nendo has recently produced its ‘Light Fragment’ series for YMER&MALTA and the Noguchi Museum. They imagined the ‘Akari’ series carved directly from large forms of light. And these light fragments are preserved in transparent acrylic boxes, with a thin LED light source attached. When the light is on, the acrylic discloses the paper-like forms inside.

This amazing work expressing admiration of Isamu Noguchi is displayed in the exhibition ‘Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA’ at the Noguchi Museum in New York.


Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA
2018 / 2 / 28 – 2019 / 1 / 27
Noguchi Museum
9 – 01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City
New York