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Crystal Lindsay

Isamu Noguchi at the Design Museum

The round paper lantern and the light bulb make moons of a million ceilings and they’re both brilliant inventions, writes Crystal Lindsay

This exhibition of the lantern's designer, Isamu Noguchi, shows his Japanese/American heritage with inspired shapes and surfaces dramatically staged by theatre director Robert Wilson. Unlabelled rooms bring textures underfoot, a wall of straw whispering sounds of consumerism and a Zen garden full of sculpture.

'Night Wind' is as enigmatic an evocation as haiku with its tensed granite rod making a temple of the elements. The settings enjoyably point up Noguchi's instinctive equations of nature and art; a bright spark 'twixt two wildly different countries'.
Design Museum

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