SUKI is a lighting collection combining semi-translucent Japanese paper and thin stainless steel wire. The starting point of this work was to create
a contemporary reinterpretation of Isamu Noguchi’s light sculpture AKARI.
Suki in Japanese can mean “transparency,” “making paper by hand,” “empty space,” or “refined taste.” The first three respectively represent the transparency of the paper, handcrafting paper, and space or pause (ma). Lighting using Japanese paper generally has its light source fully covered by paper, but with SUKI, light from the light source penetrates the paper and projects geometric forms on the floor and walls as the structure is broken down to give some space (ma).
Technically, each part is made by hand, and I attempted to bring traditional skills including application of the skill of using water when stretching paper over the flame of Japanese traditional partition (shoji) to sublimation.
-photo by Mitsuhisa Miyashita