GINO SARFATTI: THE DESIGN OF LIGHT
GINO SARFATTI: THE DESIGN
TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM
SEP 19 2012 - NOV 11 2012
Gino Sarfatti is by one of the most important designers of the second part of the twentieth century. Despite training as an aerospace engineer, Sarfatti became known as a designer of modernist lighting. In 1939 he founded Arteluce, a factory which specialized in lighting design, and developed a style of production that placed the lightbulb, rather than the surrounding lamp, at the center of the piece. In 1954, Sarfatti's model 1063 floor lamp won the grand prize at the Milan X Triennale design fair.
"The curators Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti, said the work of this innovative designer is a lesson in the foundation of minimalism"
This exhibition was a joint venture between the museum and the famous lighting brand Flos, it was the first Italian retrospective of Sarfatti's work. Curated by Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti - one of the founders of the lighting company Luceplan and Gino Sarfatti's daughter-in-law - the exhibition has been timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Sarfatti's birth. Extracting gems from the archives of Flos the exhibition displays a selection of the lighting projects that Sarfatti produced between the 1930s and 1970s. Sarfatti died in 1984. The exhibition's organisers hoped that Gino Sarfatti: The Design of Light would cement Sarfatti's position amongst the great designers of history.