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5 Ways to Style: The Vitra Akari Light collection
We realise that the items we sell are investment pieces – items that will stay with you for years to come, that will be taken with you from house to home, and that will eventually be passed down onto your loved ones.
So, we want to show you that these items are not only long lasting in the literal sense, but also that their designs are trend-proof, and will fit into any environment, in any style.
Our Five Ways to Style is a new feature that will take an in-depth look at a range of classic items, all styled in a different way. So you can rest easy that the item you are purchasing now will look as good in your current space as it will in your future home!
To start the series off we take a look at the Akari lighting collection – a range of suspension lights, floor lamps and table lamps originally introduced by the Japanese designer Isamu Noguchi in the early 1950s.
First up, we take a look at this modern living room finished off with the Akari 10A Floor Lamp. Even though these lights were first designed over six decades ago, it is testament to their design that they still look wonderfully chic and contemporary in a modern living space. The Grand Repos Lounge Chair that sits alongside the lamp was designed in 2011, exemplifying the fact that the Akari lights can work exceptionally well in a modern setting.
As the Akari lights are made from paper, they fit exceptionally well into a bohemian living space styled with natural and ethnic accents. Think natural hessian carpets, mocha wall colours, wall hangings and trinkets brought back from travels across the globe – all of these work perfectly with the hand-crafted look of the shoji paper lights. You can re-create the above look with the 14A Floor Lamp.
The Akari collection also fits seamlessly into a bold, patterned and colourful home. Their distinct shape means they will not get forgotten amongst a busy environment, instead they will shine alongside the other elements in the room. In the image below, the Polder Sofa, a statement piece in its own right, sits happily alongside the Akari 3AD Lamp.
The Akari lights are often viewed as decorative pieces for the home, but they are also a great choice for an office environment. Offering an all-round glow, the Akari lights can illuminate large spaces, and can add a sculptural and decorative element. We love this image above of a home office styled to perfection with the Akari UF4-L8 Floor Lamp – could you work here?
Public spaces all over the globe are reaping the benefits of the decorative, yet practical, structure of the Akari lights. Whether the large-scale faceted structure of the Akari B Lights are chosen, or the symmetrical round spheres of the 45A and 55A suspension lights, both add drama and intrigue to a public arena. Those that have had a chance to visit the wonderful Vitra Campus will be well aware of the impact Akari lights can make. Below are a couple of photos taken at Tadao Ando’s Conference Pavilion – don’t the Akari B Suspension Lights look fantastic hung from the high ceilings and set against a sea of coloured HAL Chairs?
Isamu Noguchi’s Akari lights have long been a favourite in design circles for providing simple and stylish lighting for the home and business arenas. They come in all shapes and sizes from large-scale suspension lights to petite table lamps – all of which look fantastic in a wide range of settings. If you needed any more convincing that the Akari lights are the right lights for you, check out this quote from Isamu when asked about his designs: 'The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun – so that its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.’