“Sputnik” ceiling light

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  • Literature

    Domus, 1951, p. 56 for a photograph of the present model in the Arteluce showroom
    “Il Cristallo che va da pavimento a soffitto,” Domus, no. 384, November 1961, front matter in a period advertisement
    Lumieres, je pense a vous, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1985, p. 126
    Michael Lassel, “Design Icon: The Sputnik Chandelier,” Elle Décor, September, 2009, p. 24

  • Artist Bio

    Gino Sarfatti

    Italian • 1912 - 1985

    Rising above the devastation of World War II, post-war Italian design reached new heights of productivity and ingenuity, particularly in the realm of lighting. Gino Sarfatti is among the most celebrated lighting designers from this fruitful period. Before founding his company Arteluce in 1939, Sarfatti studied aeronautical engineering. He brought the inventiveness of a self-taught outsider to the field of lighting design, while his mechanical background lent lightness and ingenuity of construction. Poetic underpinnings are also evident in lamps such as model no. 1034 (sometimes referred to as the "Vine" lamp), which features a nearly 8' twisting brass stem graced with nine delicate, articulating white shades like buds on a flower.

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“Sputnik” ceiling light

1950s
Tubular brass, brass.
Variable drop, 41 in. (104.1 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy.

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

sold for $10,000

Design

14 December 2011
New York