I have a question for you.
This is a lamp shade that is currently being displayed in our featured exhibition called “Akari no Yakata” (House of light) :Lighting devise collection”. What do you think it looks like?
This shade has another name, which is “Cabbage shaped shade. ” Is it convincing?
You can see various lamps with interesting shades here at the exhibition! There are tulip shaped, morning glory shaped, rakkyo pickle shaped, kingyo-bachi fish bowl shaped (this is a bowl for keeping gold fish), bowl shaped, and umbrella shaped shades.
This exhibition features lamps made in the US, Europe, and Japan. When you compare the designs of the lamps, you can see a bit of the difference in lifestyle among those countries. For example, American lamps tend to lay more emphasis on practicality. French lamps are more for the decoration. Japanese lamps are made from earthenware to match Japanese style rooms.
Some of you might be familiar with the name “Akari-no Yakata”.
This collection is a donation from the now closed Akari no Yakata in the Kyushu Energy Museum. It was located right next to the Fukuoka Kyudenkinen Gymnasium in Yakuin.
To many of the Fukuoka city citizens’ regret, the Akari no Yakata was closed in 2014. If you never got a chance to visit there, then you should come see our exhibition! Even if you have visited the museum before, you will still want to see our exhibition!
Written by Kawaguchi (curator)
Posted by Takamura (press officer)