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Designer vs high street: Isamu Noguchi Akari lamp and the B&Q Chongo table lamp

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Once again, the high street offers a classic design at a budget price – the B&Q Chongo table lamp.

As you can see, it’s very much inspired by the Akari table lamp, the work of Isamu Noguchi and dating back to 1951. The original uses Shoji-paper to create a ‘sun-like’ light for your room, as well as adding a serious dose of mid-century style to any home.

The B&Q version uses the same shape and principle, but with rice paper for the shade. Certainly lacking the finesse of the original, it does offers the look for a seriously discounted price. The original Akari retails from £146.64, the B&Q version sells for just £10.48.

Find out more on the Chongo at the B&Q website

Find out more on the Akari at the Nest website

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