Akari Unfolded: A Collection by Ymer&Malta




Exhibitions NYC, NY, USA February 28, 2018 - January 29, 2019

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This exhibition at the Noguchi Museum presents a selection of 26 lamps created by the leading French design studio Ymer&Malta in collaboration with five designers. Over the last nine years, Ymer&Malta founder Valérie Maltaverne has breathed extraordinary life into  France’s centuries-old luxury craft industries by employing multiple designers (emerging and established) and artisans (traditional and cutting edge). For this project, Maltaverne decided to apply her model to Isamu Noguchi’s signature Akari style, producing six designs with six designers, and artisans in more than 20 different disciplines. Overcoming many technical hurdles, they pushed linen, metal, resin, Plexiglas, concrete, and paper in new directions and produced 29 light fixtures — which now join the radiant, ever-expanding legacy of Noguchi’s Akari.

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