These 1975 lamps by the Japanese-born designer Kazuhide Takahama are made of white synthetic fabric stretched over a metal arched frame. Named after one of his children, the Kazuki was made in three sizes—1, 2, and 3—by the Italian lighting company Sirrah. Takahama moved to Italy after producing the Japanese Pavilion for the 1953 Milan Triennale. The Kazuki lamps are freestanding versions of Takahama’s Saori series, both of which use stretched fabric in reference to the paintings of Lucio Fontana.
The lamp takes on the simple profile of its frame. Two arches—one taller and wider, another shorter and thinner—are set off perpendicular to one another, creating a base at the four points they touch the ground. The blank fabric that covers them is pulled taut. The frame’s edges appear hard until the lamp is lit, when its delicate curves are visible. In this way, the Kazuki combines a sculptural solidity with a ghostly lightness, bringing a contemporary Japanese sense of abstraction to the lively, pop-infused Italian design of this period.
Kazuki 1 (small lamp): Height: 23 in, Width: 12 in, Depth: 9in
Kazuki 2 (large lamp): Height: 37.8 in, Width: 19.3 in, Depth: 19.3 in
Excellent vintage condition. Minor surface wear on non-visible interior portion of frame beneath fabric. Both lamps work.
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