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1950s Gino Sarfatti Articulating Sconce for Arteluce

US$2,200per item

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1950s Gino Sarfatti articulating sconce for Arteluce. Executed in black painted perforated metal and brass. Ball jointed arm connection to shade allows for flexible shade adjustments and multiple configurations. The simplicity of Sarfatti's design and the sculptural shaping of the materials make for an incredibly refined example of the lighting master's influential and iconic approach. Price is per item. 6 lamps available. Arteluce was one of the most innovative lighting design companies in Italy during the midcentury era. Their designs have been long sought after by collectors in the know. Ref. related Model 26B in Romanelli & Severi "Gino Sarfatti: 1938-1973, Selected Works" p. 388. No manufacturer's stamp or label. Not UL listed, but recommended UL listing available from authorized 3rd party vendor upon request for an additional fee. Wired for US electrical. Custom brass back plates for mounting over a standard American j-box. Accommodates a single US 40W candelabra bulb. Some minor scuffs and dings noted only for accuracy.

Details

  • Creator
    Gino Sarfatti (Designer),Arteluce (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.625 in. (11.75 cm)Width: 3.5 in. (8.89 cm)Depth: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 1950s
  • Condition
    Rewired. Additions or alterations made to the original. Wear consistent with age and use. Rewired for US with custom period styled brass backplates designed for hardwiring over a standard American j-box. Accommodates a single 40w max incandescent bulb (higher with LED). Some dings, scuffs, bumps and scratches noted only for accuracy.
  • Seller Location
    Glendale, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: V3771stDibs: LU1447222601032

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About the Designer

Gino Sarfatti

That a spiky, futuristic chandelier named “Sputnik,” which was highly suggestive of the Soviet satellite of the same name, designed by an Italian engineer could predate the space age and the satellite’s launch by a few decades is the stuff of legend. But in 1939, Venetian-born Gino Sarfatti channeled his obsession with light and expert engineering skills into a design so bold it predicted the future. He would go on to design around 700 lighting products in his lifetime — each table lamp, wall light, pendant and chandelier superb and unorthodox in shape.

Sarfatti’s singular focus on creating opulent lighting designs that were rational in their use of resources makes him one of the most innovative lighting designers in history. He was studying to be an aeronautical engineer at the University of Genoa when his family’s financial troubles led him to drop out and move to Milan to help. During this time, he built a lamp for a friend using a coffee machine’s electric components and a glass vase. This exercise sparked his fascination with lighting, and he went on to found Arteluce in 1939. What followed was a period of working with skilled artisans and tinkering with materials instead of sketching. The self-taught designer soon established himself as a creator of provocative, sculptural luxury lighting. Through the company, he collaborated with some of the 20th century’s most influential designers, such as Vittoriano Viganò, who worked on Arteluce lighting between 1946 and 1960. In the 1950s and ’70s, Franco Albini, Franca Helg, Ico Parisi and Massimo Vignelli all contributed designs.

Sarfatti used resources mindfully and injected functionality into everything he designed. His light fixtures were lightweight, easy to take apart and reassemble and could be affordably repaired. This marriage of utilitarianism and glamour lent Sarfatti’s designs a clean, minimal yet arresting splendor, based on their graphical forms and construction.

After World War II, Sarfatti embraced new wiring technologies and materials like plexiglass, such as his 1972 project with Carlo Mollino that filled the Teatro Regio in Turin with hundreds of plexiglass pipes. In 1973, Sarfatti sold Arteluce to FLOS. His foresight, invention and fearlessness as a designer are revered to this day.

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