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Gino Sarfatti
CEILING LIGHT, MODEL NO. 2052
with partial producer's label
lacquered aluminium, acrylic
adjustable height, 61.5 cm diameter (24  1/4  in.)
circa 1966
produced by Arteluce, Milan, Italy
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Literature

Marco Romanelli, Sandra Severini, Gino Sarfatti: Opera Scelte, Selected Works, 1938-1973, Milan, 2012, p. 467

Catalogue Note

Born in Venice in 1912, Gino Sarfatti studied Naval engineering in Genoa but soon developed up a new favourite activity. After transforming a vase into a lamp at a customer`s request in the Milanese glass workshop in which he worked, he set up S.A. Arteluce with a partner, just before the war. It was after the war, in 1949, that his business started gaining success, particularly when getting wider exposure during the Chicago MUSA exhibit in 1950. Acclaimed for his innovative designs, several of his models received Italy`s renowned Compasso d`Oro in 1954 and 1955, amongst other prizes. More and more of his lighting designs were exhibited, culminating in his receiving the Gold Medal at the XVth Milan Triennale – the same year in which his company closed and was transferred to Flos. Whilst setting up his first workshop, he described his work as `Illuminazione razionale` - or `Rational lighting`.

This ceiling lamp is made in acrylic and lacquered aluminium, that bears an almost leather like patina. Its lampshade is designed into a succession of ripples that seem to hang mid-air.

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