Timeless Trend: Paper Lighting



There's nothing new about the paper lanterns you've seen popping up in your Pinterest and IG feed. Isamu Noguchi originally created these simple yet elegant works of art in the 50s - which he called "Akari" - Japanese for illumination. Since their mid century beginnings, they have been famously replicated and reinterpreted. I personally love the natural ephemeral glow they bring to a space, and also how they can serve as a really interesting contrast to more ornate architecture and furnishings. The best part? They are relatively inexpensive (esp if you go with the IKEA knockoff).

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Oversized noguchi lantern lighting bohemian bedroom




Oversized noguchi paper lantern light french Parisian interior

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Noguchi akari floor lamp modern living room design

Oversized noguchi paper lantern bohemian living room

From top: Tartine Manufactory designed by Commune , @maraserene, @sylviatribel, source unknown, via Sfgirlbybay, Designed by Commune Design, via Architectural Digest, @Bohemegoods, Design by Space Exploration, @talirothdesigns, Designed by Purveyor Design, Designed by Arent & Pyke Photography by Anson Smart, Photography by Wynn Myers,


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Akari 75A via The Noguchi Shop

Akari 1AS via The Noguchi Shop

Tabitha Floor Lamp via Urban Outfitters

Paper Lantern Table Lamp via Urban Outfitters

REGOLIT via IKEA

Formakami JH4 Pendant via Danish Design Store



RISBYN via IKEA

Akari 10A via The Noguchi Shop


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