Nendo's Light Fragment collection is based off of Japanese artist and architect Isamu Noguchi's Akari lighting series from 1951. Noguchi crafted the pieces on a trip to the town of Gifu in Japan, which is a location widely recognized for its paper parasol and lantern production. The Light Fragment collection delivers a range of table lamps, floor lamps, and ceiling lamps resembling lightweight Shoji paper shades.
Noguci had thought of his Akari system as an illuminating sculpture instead of lighting equipment, which inspired Nendo. The design studio took that concept and thought about a large form of light that appears to be a carved stone. Nendo hand-carved boards of white acrylic so that they became thin, translucent and wrapped with aluminum LED pipes. This process gives off the illusion of paper-like forms inside the lights.
The Light Fragment collection is made to represent the relationship between the sun and the moon; the sun is the light source and is out of sight when the moon is shining. The system is designed so that the source of light is not directly exposed.
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