Gino Sarfatti - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Renzo Tresoldi, Italy’s Best, Italy, 1973, p. 5; Fulvio Ferrari and Napoleone Ferrari, Light: Lamp 1968-1973: The New Italian Design, Turin, 2002, pp. 76-77; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. VI 1965-1969, Cologne, 2006, p. 453

  • 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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Rare adjustable table lamp, model no. 599

ca. 1968
Aluminum, chrome-plated metal, rubber. Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy.
24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm) high

$20,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $24,000

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York