AT Asia: 行灯 - Order-made Japanese Lanterns

AT Asia: 行灯 - Order-made Japanese Lanterns

Gregory Han
Sep 18, 2007

Andon are lanterns that are traditionally made out of paper and bamboo.  (Isamu Noguchi’s famous Akari series was inspired by andon.)  As traditional an art as it is, andon exist in all kinds of designs nowadays; some companies even offer order-made andon by way of their websites.

One such company is Miyako-Andon (watch out for the audio).  As their “Order Made” gallery shows, many of their andon and other lighting fixtures are quite modern-looking, and would probably fit in very well in a highly minimal setting.  They seem to take orders in English, which might be of interest for some of the readers here.

Another company that offers an order-made service is Mori Syoumei Seisakusho, based in Kanazawa, Ishikawa.  Their order-made gallery exhibits andon with an entirely different appeal, catering perhaps to a different clientele than that of Miyako-Andon.  They even offer to put in your family crest.  (Orders most likely taken in Japanese only.)

Both companies also have a large selection of readymade andon as well; their respective galleries are here for Miyako-Andon and here for Mori Syoumei Seisakusho.

–ellie

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