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Arteluce Tango Stephan Copeland Lamp 1980s Style Postmodern



Tango desk lamp designed by Stephan Copeland for Arteluce in 1989 Made of steel. Black and purple color combination. Twin arms with spring makes freely direction and position of the lamp. Maximum height is 110 cm, Maximum width is 110cm, base diameter is 25 cm. For 100-120V use.


  • Creator
    Stephan Copeland (Designer),Arteluce (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Width: 23.63 in. (60 cm)Depth: 9.85 in. (25 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Shibuya-ku, JP
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2163319050402

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  • Shipping
    $200 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Shibuya-ku, Japan
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About Arteluce (Manufacturer)

The lighting maker Arteluce was one of the companies at the heart of the creative explosion in postwar Italian design. The firm’s founder and guiding spirit, Gino Sarfatti (1912–85), was an incessant technical and stylistic innovator who almost single-handedly reinvented the chandelier as a modernist lighting form. 

Sarfatti attended the University of Genoa to study aeronautical engineering but was forced to drop out when his father’s company went out of business. His mechanical instincts led him to turn his attention to lighting design — and he founded Arteluce as a small workshop in Milan in 1939. Sarfatti’s father was a Jew, so the family fled to Switzerland in 1943, but after the war — largely thanks to Sarfatti’s insistence on efficiency of design and manufacture — Arteluce quickly established itself as a top firm. Though Sarfatti continued as chief designer through the 1950s and ’60s, he also enlisted other designers such as Franco Albini and Massimo Vignelli to contribute work. Sarfatti sold Arteluce to FLOS — a rival Italian lighting maker — in 1973 and retired to pursue a more traditional avocation: collecting and dealing rare postage stamps. 

Sarfatti is regarded by many collectors as a pioneer of minimalist design. He pared down his lighting works to their essentials, focusing on practical aspects such as flexibility of use. His most famous light, the 2097 chandelier, is a brilliant example of reductive modernist design, featuring a central cylinder from which branches numerous supporting fixtures extending like spokes on a wheel. Similarly, his 566 table lamp is a simple canister, able to be raised or lowered on a stem, holding a half-chrome bulb. Despite the marked functionality of his designs, Sarfatti did have a sprightly side: His 534 table lamp, with its cluster of rounded enameled shades, resembles a vase full of flowers, the Sputnik chandelier (model 2003) was inspired by fireworks and the brightly colored plastic disks of the 2072 chandelier look like lollipops. No matter the style, Sarfatti concentrated first and foremost on the character of light created — and any Arteluce lamp is a modernist masterpiece.

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