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Gino Sarfatti Lighting

Icons of Modern Lighting 

Gino Sarfatti designed this lamp in 1958! This stunningly beautiful chandelier
has been a classic for the last 50 years. The multi-arm light fixture has
branching arms that hold frosted ball-shaped lights. This candelabrum shaped
chandelier by Gino Sarfatti is underscored with the fluidity characterized
by post-war organic design in the mid to late 1950's.

The spiraling and curling of the chromed steel culminating in luminous bulbs
is part of the refined aesthetic. Gino Sarfatti's creations in lighting are a
fresh and brilliant alternative, even after 50 years. 

This 2097 chandelier for Flos (1958) achieved a cult following and is still
available today. Gino Sarfatti was also the original designer of the (much-copied)
Sputnik Chandelier (see below). His beautifully sculpted light fixtures
stand as clear examples of rigorous method, technical skill, exuberant talent,
and wit, combined to achieve a beauty that is fulfilling on both a rational and
an emotional level. His work exemplifies the ideal of good design.
Independent of any designer's name, these objects become the means through
which he pursues and recognizes good design--a lens through which his work
can best be understood. With his functional and purist modernist lighting collection,
Gino Sarfatti showed us that form and function are the main ingredients for
successful design.

Gino Sarfatti Sputnik Chandelier Arteluce early 1950s

Arteluce was awarded numerous prizes, including the
Compasso d'Oro in 1954 and 1955, as well as the
Honorary Diploma of the Milan Triennale.

Design is one of the highest expressions of 20th century modernist creativity, and 
Gino Sarfatti was one of its greatest masters. Gino Sarfatti is widely considered 
to be the absolute grandmaster of Italian mid century modern lighting design. He founded Arteluce in 1939 and the company quickly became the industry leader for Italy's modernist design movement. Arteluce became a meeting place and forum for many of Italy's leading designers during the 1950s and 1960s, including Franco Albini, Massimo Vignelli, Ico Parisi and Franca Helg. During his 30-year career, Gino Sarfatti designed and produced more than 400 lamps and fixtures and tirelessly researched new materials and production technologies.