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Isamu Noguchi, the late modernist sculptor, in his (Credit: AP)

Isamu Noguchi, the late modernist sculptor, in his studio in Long Island City, N.Y., in the 1960s, surrounded by his lighting sculptures.

Noguchi lamps

Late modernist sculptor Isamu Noguchi found inspiration for his now-classic lamps in the Japanese lanterns used for ancestor worship. His designs have been widely imitated, but original versions are on sale at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, Queens.

Lighting sculptures on display at the Isamu Noguchi
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Lighting sculptures on display at the Isamu Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, N.Y. (April 20, 2013)

A lamp designed by the late sculptor Isamu
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A lamp designed by the late sculptor Isamu Noguchi illumiates the bedroom of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in "Iron Man 3." The lamp's striking geometric design -- a series of irregularly stacked white boxes -- can be seen to the right of the bed. The production designer for "Iron Man 3," Danielle Berman, says she loves using Noguchi lamps in sets when appropriate because of their linear modernist look and because of the soft glow they emit when lit.

The cafe and gift shop at the Noguchi
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The cafe and gift shop at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City is decorated with the lighting sculptures designed by the late Isamu Noguchi. The lamps, widely imitated classics of mid-20th century modern home design, are also sold in the gift shop. (April 20, 2013)

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A lighting sculpture for sale in the gift
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A lighting sculpture for sale in the gift shop at the Isamu Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. (April 20, 2013)

Isamu Noguchi, the late modernist sculptor, in his
(Credit: AP)

Isamu Noguchi, the late modernist sculptor, in his studio in Long Island City, N.Y., in the 1960s, surrounded by his lighting sculptures.

Lamps designed by the late sculptor Isamu Noguchi
(Credit: AP)

Lamps designed by the late sculptor Isamu Noguchi are displayed on shelves at the gift shop of the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City. (April 20, 2013)

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