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    Sale 12274


    26 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 100

    GINO SARFATTI 1912-1985


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    GINO SARFATTI 1912-1985
    produced by Arteluce, painted aluminium, brass, acrylic
    50 ¾ in. (129 cm.) high; 27 ½ in. (70 cm.) diameter
    stamped AL, Milano

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    Casa Galli, Milan.

    Pre-Lot Text

    CARLO DE CARLI 1910-1999

    A Complete Interior, Casa Galli, 1949

    Architect, designer, writer and academic, Carlo De Carli was a pivotal figure in Italian culture of the post-war era, contributing vastly to the success of Italian Design. Many of his most iconic pieces were produced by important brands including Cassina and Tecno, winning prestigious prizes such as the first Compasso D’Oro in 1954.
    The essence of De Carli’s poetic of furniture design is articulated in the unique interior created for a private commission in 1949, Casa Galli. In 1948 De Carli wrote ‘a chair, an armchair or a table must be elements in which one can clearly feel an individual presence’, his furniture was designed conscious of the actions of the people who live in that environment and seeking to reproduce the harmony of nature. Nature is a vital paradigm for De Carli and is one particularly evident in the design of his chairs and armchairs (lots 101, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111) which are a synthesis of organic forms and structural modularity.
    Comprising furniture from three different rooms, the following collection is a significant testament to De Carli’s ceaseless research and innovative achievements in furniture and interior design.


    This design is a variation of model 156 (1948) illustrated in M. Romanelli, S. Severi, Gino Sarfatti, Opere Scelte, 1938-1973, Milan, 2012 pp. 116 and 400.
    Domus, N. 273, September 1952, p. 33, for related example of this model.