Gino Sarfatti - Design New York Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Giuliana Gramigna, Repertorio 1950/1980, Milan, 1985, p. 355
    Clémence and Didier Krzentowski, The Complete Designers’ Lights (1950-1990), Zurich, 2012, p. 272

  • 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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Pair of wall or ceiling lights, model no. 262

circa 1971
Spun aluminum, painted metal.
Each: 18 1/2 in (47 cm) diameter
Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy. Reverse of each with manufacturer’s paper label ‘AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE’ (2).

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $8,750


12 December 2012
New York