GINO SARFATTI (1912-1985)
GINO SARFATTI (1912-1985)
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GINO SARFATTI (1912-1985)


GINO SARFATTI (1912-1985)
An early floor lamp, model no. 1063, circa 1954
painted steel, painted aluminium, fluorescent tube light
manufactured by Arteluce, Milan, Italy
85 in. high (216 cm.)
base with manufacturer's decal label AL/MILANO/ARTELUCE
Other examples illustrated:
G. Krohn, K. Halmburger, Lampen und Leuchten, ein internationaler formenquerschnitt, Munich, 1962, p. 46, fig. 149;
A. Koch, Struck by Lighting, An art-historical introduction to electrical lighting design for the domestic interior, Rotterdam, 1994, p. 101, fig. 134;
M. Romanelli, S. Severi, Gino Sarfatti, Selected Works 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, pp. 60, 250, 452;
Gino Sarfatti, Designing Light, exh. cat., Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2012, p. 90;
C. Krzentowski, D. Krzentowski, The Complete Designers' Lights 1950-1990, 30 Years of Collecting, Paris, 2012, p. 93.
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Lot Essay

The bold functionalism and pioneering utilisation of fluorescent tube lighting ensured that Gino Sarfatti’s 1063 floor lamp was rewarded with the prestigious Compasso dOro award at the Milan Triennale of 1954. The domed canopy to the transformer box of this example, finished in a monochrome palette of black, white and grey, confirms this example as being of early production.

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