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  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi and Michele de Lucchi, Il Design Italiano degli Anni ’50, Milan, 1985, p. 232 for a similar example; Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 176 for a later example

  • Artist Biography

    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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Table lamp, model no. 571

ca. 1955
Chrome-plated metal, enameled metal, Perspex. Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy. Shade with manufacturer’s decal.
29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) high

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $4,800

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York