A traditional Japanese garden offers a majestic backdrop for these modern designs.
Handmade by artisans in Spain, the porcelain and leather Ice Cream portable lamp is inspired by both the iconic lanterns of Japan and the sweet, soft serve summer treat. These ideas fuse in the petite LED battery-powered light where melting lines accentuate a gentle glow.
A longtime collaborator with Visual Comfort & Co., leading California designer Barbara Barry created the Paper Moon Hanging Shade, a contemporary nod to Isamu Noguchi’s creations. The rice-paper-and-metal globe light is available in two sizes and polished nickel, soft brass or bronze finishes.
ON THE UPSWING
Arteriors’ Mia and Norelle Pendant Lights use nearly 100 strips of pliable microfiber banding to surround the central lantern in these carefully constructed objects, shown in beige and gray, each with a steel stem finished in antique brass. The sleek linear design casts a warm shadow.
This clean, minimal design by Hubbardton Forge is handcrafted in Vermont specifically for the outdoors using aluminum bars that surround a cylindrical glass center. Looking at home perched in a pagoda-like space, the Banded Large Fixture is offered in seven finishes, including coastal black, as shown.
The father of lantern lighting Isamu Noguchi visited the town of Gifu, Japan, known for its traditional methods of creating mulberry bark paper and bamboo pieces, in 1951. Since then, his Akari designs are still produced and celebrated as some of the purest lighting forms. Shown from left to right are Akari 3X, Akari 24N and Akari 1N.
TWO OF A KIND
The Tekiò lighting system designed by Anthony Dickens for Barcelona- based Santa & Cole is crafted from Japanese washi paper and offered in various size modules that can be set up in multiple configurations, including both horizontal and vertical orientations. Shown are the LED P2 (left) and P1 models.