Noguchi-esque Rice Paper Shades Soften Modern Rooms

A recent house tour in Remodelista showed a cool, minimalist renovation of a 1940’s summer cottage in Denmark. The hard angles and rectangles so common (and problematic) with a modern aesthetic were softened by huge, translucent paper spheres hung from the ceiling, pioneered by Isamu Noguchi in the 1950’s. They’ve long been a favorite of ours because the are a simple way to add ethereal, sculptural rounds to an angular interior, and because there fine inexpensive knock-offs that will achieve the same look.

Mikkel Mortensen

Mikkel Mortensen

Designers Paolo SoleriSam MaloofWharton EsherickRuth and Robert Hatch and George Nakashima all used the big globes to great effect; they are in many interiors of the lovely book Artists’ Handmade Houses.

Nakashima Living room light Noguchi

Don Freeman

You can read all about them, and where to buy real Noguchi shades AND the knockoffs here.

Photos: Mikkel Mortensen

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