Gino Sarfatti - Design New York Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi, eds., Il Design Italiano Degli Anni ’50, Milan, 1985, p. 226 for a similar example; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 1000 Lights, Vol. 1:
    1879 to 1959
    , Cologne, 2005, p. 477 for a similar example; Galerie Christine Diegoni, Gino Sarfatti, Paris, 2008, cover and p. 45, pp. 44, 145-146, 151 and 154 for similar examples; Chloé Braunstein-Kriegel and Éric Germain, Les années Staudenmeyer, 25 ans de design en France, Paris, 2009, p. 275

  • 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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Floor lamp, model no. 1063

ca. 1954
Painted metal, fluorescent tube.
84 7/8 in. (215.6 cm.) high
Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy. Base with sticker with “MADE IN ITALY.”

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $57,500


25 May 2011
New York