GINO SARFATTI (1912-1985)
Pair of wall lamps model “249/1”
Manufactured by Arteluce
Black crackeled lacquered metal, ends and botton in opaline glass.
10 cm x 30 cm x 10h cm.
3,93 in x 11,81 in x 3,93h in.
Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi, Gino Sarfatti: selected works 1938-1973, Mi- lan, 2012, pp. 334, 417
Clémence Krzentowski and Didier Krzentowski, eds., The Complete Designers’ Lights II, 35 Years of Collecting, Paris, 2014, p. 223
Mauricio Corraini. Gino Sarfatti, Il Design della luce/ Designing Light. 2012. p.52
The glass in the front of the wall lamps has been replaced
Private collection, Antwerpen.
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.