Gino Sarfatti

Gino Sarfatti

1912 Venice – 1984 Gravedona

Gino Sarfatti studied aeronaval engineering at the University of Genoa. 

From 1939 onwards he worked in the lighting sector and set up Arteluce which soon became a national and international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting. 

During his thirty years of activity, Gino Sarfatti designed and produced over 400 luminaires and carried out non-stop research into innovation as regards typology, materials, production technologies, light sources, technical lighting effects and design aspects. 

In the course of their work, Gino Sarfatti and Arteluce 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. The following worked with Arteluce: Franco Albini – Franca Helg, BBPR, Gianfranco Frattini, Vittoriano Viganò, Sergio Asti, Vito Latis, Carlo Santi, Massimo Vignelli, Ico Parisi. 

The prestigious Arteluce shop in Milan, Corso Matteotti was designed with Marco Zanuso in 1951 followed, 10 years later, by the shop in Via della Spiga designed with Vittoriano Viganò, a lifelong friend.

Mod. 2095/9
Produced by Arteluce

Grey lacquered anodyzed aluminium, black wires, 9 spheres in blown glass and bulbs covered by cups in chromed metal
H120 cm x Diam 40 cm

The Complete designers’ Lights, (1950-1990), Krzentowski, Ed. JRP Ringier, Vol I (2012), P.122 (similar model) Vol.II (2014) p. 167 (similar)
Catalogue Arteluce, p61
Gino Sarfatti – Il design della luce, Triennale Design Museum, p.70
Gino Sarfatti – Opere scelte 1938-1973, Marco Romanelli & Sandra Severi, 2012, p473
Lampade, Franco Magnani, Gorlich editore, Milano 1965, p136

Mod. 3026
Gino Sarfatti
Produced by Arteluce

Ceiling light, visible fluorescent bulbs supported by tubolar
steel arms.
Rectangular ceiling transformer lacquered white
H20 x W125 x D14

Mod. 596 Table lamp
Gino Sarfatti
Produced by Arteluce

Diffuser cup in white opaline methacrylate, aluminum base lacquered white
H47xD50 cm

Gino Sarfatti
Produced by Arteluce

Brass and aluminium
H160 cm


A. Bassi, “La luce italiana”, Electa 2003, pag 44

Mod. 1074
Gino Sarfatti
Produced by Arteluce

H189xW25 cm