November 2, 2014

Gino Sarfatti Lamps: New Collection Lighting! flos

Gino Sarfatti early 1940s
Available from Stardust

The special re-edition of the most fascinating lamps designed by the great master and entrepreneur of the 1950's & 60's with new technology.
Flos will re-introduce 5 Italian design icons by Gino Sarfatti.
Here's what to expect:

Re-Lighting Gino Sarfatti: Edition N 1
Stardust is proud to feature the new collection by Flos.  On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Gino Sarfatti, the great master of Italian design, FLOS re-introduces some of the most iconic Sarfatti Lamps updated with the latest energy-savings LED technology. Gino Sarfatti is possibly the most important lighting designer in the history of Italian design. Between founding the beloved Arteluce in 1939 and selling it to Flos in 1973, the self-taught designer had over 600 lamps and "light fittings" under his name. 2012 would have been Sarfatti's 100th birthday, and to mark this occasion Flos joined up with curators Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti to create the first-ever Italian retrospective at the Triennale di Milano.

Re-Lighting Gino Sarfatti: Edition N 1
In celebration of his experimental take on lighting, professionals and the general public alike were invited to re-envision his masterpieces, which are now on display next to the rare historic pieces. Flos accepted this challenge and chose to only reengineer the inside components, leaving Sarfatti's original shapes to shine. This falls particularly in line with Sarfatti’s progressive approach to lighting, as a designer always ready to adopt new solutions like the first halogen lights.

The most iconic piece of the collection is probably “Modello 548,” a classic table lamp with reflected and diffused light, and a characteristic colored cup-shaped diffuser. The main innovation is this case is in old push button switch, which has been turned into an optical dimming sensor.
The upshot of this deeply technical operation is "Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti," a first edition of five timeless lamps, to be followed in the future by additional collections. Each lamp of the new line is based on LEDs and the handsome marriage of contemporary, energy-saving light sources with retro form.

Piero Gandini, Chairman of FLOS, is pleased to invite you to the debut of two exciting exhibitions: Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti: Edition N 1 & Costume National presents AIM
Saturday, May 18th from 6-8 p.m. at FLOS in Soho
152 Greene Street @ W. Houston St.
RSVP

 Gino Sarfatti Lamps at Stardust

“Modello 2129” was designed by Sarfatti in 1969 and is an incredibly elegant arc-shaped droplight that can rotate 360 degrees. The only wire is hosted by a transparent tube and, thanks to a counterweight, the reflector can freely be moved up and down. As for the other lamps, the original incandescent light bulb has been replaced with a wide LED surface.
The most iconic piece of the collection is probably “Modello 548,” a classic table lamp with reflected and diffused light, and a characteristic colored cup-shaped diffuser. The main innovation is this case is in old push button switch, which has been turned into an optical dimming sensor.
 Gino Sarfatti - born in Venice in 1912 and with an educational background in engineering - started the Arteluce Company in 1939. Arteluce quickly established iteslf as a leading actor in shaping the modern Italian architectural movement, and became a meeting place and hub for many of the leading Italian mid-century designers, including e.g. Franco Albini, Gianfranco Frattini, Sergio Asti and Ico Parisi. Sarfatti designed over 400 lighting products and made a significant contribution to innovating lighting design by experimenting with new materials, production methodologies and light sources. In 1951, he first began to work with plexi-glass. Gino Sarfatti designed the first lamp to use halogen bulbs back in 1971. Sarfatti and Arteluce received several design awards including e.g. the prestigious Compasso d'Oro in 1954 and 1955, and the Honorary Diploma at the Milan Triennale. Arteluce was sold to Flos in 1973.

“Modello 1063” was designed in 1954 and was essentially a vertical fluorescent tube. The original base hosted an electromagnetic ballast. Today this volume is used to hide the dimming system and other electronic devices. In this case too, the neon light has been replaced with a LED module with variable light temperature.
The most intense technical intervention is probably that of the “Modello 1095.” This floor lamp is a simple tube that was meant to carry a 12V halogen lamp on top. But as it is, there’s no space for heat-sinks, making it necessary to use LEDs to maintain the same intensity and quality of lighting. Flos technicians found the solution in a patented water cooling system, which makes water flow up and down all along the rod while the lamp is in use.
The Arteluce lighting store with Gino Sarfatti's lighting designs on Corso Matteotti in Milan in 1963.
Gino Sarfatti at his Arteluce lighting store on Corso Matteotti in Milan in 1963.

Gino Sarfatti Pendant Light Fixture, Model 2072, Arteluce Italy (currently out of production)
Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice in 1912 and studied aeronaval engineering at the University of Genoa. After leaving school due to financial reasons, Sarfatti set up Arteluce in 1939. The firm soon became a national and international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting. During his thirty-year career, Sarfatti designed and produced over 400 lighting fixtures and carried out continuous research on innovation related to typology, materials, production technologies, light sources, technical lighting effects and desig. He was a pioneer in the use of halogen bulbs incorporating it into fixtures as early as 1971. The designer and his company won numerous prizes and awards including the Compasso d′Oro in 1954 and 1955, and the Honorary Diploma of the Milan Triennale. Arteluce was also a meeting place and an important forum for many of the leading Italian designers in the 50s and 60s, including Franco Albini, Gianfranco Frattini, Vittoriano Vigano and Marco Zanuso. Flos acquired the company in 1973.

Gino Sarfatti Lamps

The original “Modello 607,” a table lamp based on halogen lighting, is now turned into a mass of 42 tiny LEDs, screened off by a diffusor. The shape and functional details are identical to the 1971 design, even in the central dimmer at the base.
The original “Modello 607,” a table lamp based on halogen lighting, is now turned into a mass of 42 tiny LEDs, screened off by a diffusor. The shape and functional details are identical to the 1971 design, even in the central dimmer at the base.