Gino Sarfatti

Designer Gino Sarfatti

A practical visionary, a concrete intellectual, an exceptional man whose courage, perseverance and talent allowed him to elegantly demonstrate his own idea of freedom

Gino Sarfatti was a giant among lighting designers. Completely self taught, he trained initially as an engineer but was forced to drop out of university as thepolitical situation in Italy worsened in the early 1930s and his father lost all his assets due to sanctions imposed on Italy through the League of Nations.

Sarfatti made his first light as favour for a friend and by the time he retired thirty years later he had designed more than 650 lamps, prolific by anyone’s standard.

The majority of these were released through his own company Arteluce which he established in Milan in 1939. Arteluce maintained production until Sarfatti sold it in 1973 to Flos. The only gap was during the Second World War when the family fled briefly to Switzerland in fear for their safety. The company was also a critical success, it was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1954 and 1955 and the Honorary Diploma at the Milan Triennale.

Piero Gandini, the president of Flos, said of Sarfatti “It’s his unique role as a designer/businessman that fascinates me most – a practical visionary, a concrete intellectual, an exceptional man whose courage, perseverance and talent allowed him to elegantly demonstrate his own idea of freedom”. 

When Sarfatti sold Arteluce and retired, he moved to Lake Como and became a passionate stamp collector until his death in 1985.

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Le Sfere Model 2019 Suspension Light

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep

Inspired by the natural poetry of the moon, the beautiful Le Sfere collection is in production for the first time since the 1970s

£1,000,000.00

Le Sfere Model 2019 Suspension Light
Gino Sarfatti for Astep

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Model 548 Table Lamp / 30% off at £700

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep
Was £1020 inc.vat
Now £700

£1,000,000.00

Model 548 Table Lamp / 30% off at £700
Gino Sarfatti for Astep

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Model 2129 Suspension Lamp

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep

Model 2129 is a standout Gino Sarfatti piece updated with modern LED technology

£1,695.00

Model 2129 Suspension Lamp
Gino Sarfatti for Astep
Starting at £2,034

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Model 2065 Suspension Lamp

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep

The graphic Model 2065 Suspension Lamp exemplifies Gino Sarfatti's experimental approach to design

£860.00

Model 2065 Suspension Lamp
Gino Sarfatti for Astep
Starting at £1,032

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Model 548 Table Lamp

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep

The unique composition of the Model 548 Table Lamp makes it a recognisable Gino Sarfatti design 

£850.00

Model 548 Table Lamp
Gino Sarfatti for Astep
Starting at £1,020

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Model 607 Table Lamp

Designer Gino Sarfatti
Manufacturer Astep

The graphic and experimental Model 607 Table Light, reissued by Astep with modern lighting technology

£850.00

Model 607 Table Lamp
Gino Sarfatti for Astep
Starting at £1,020

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