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The lighting maker Arteluce was one of the companies at the heart of the creative explosion in postwar Italian design. The firm’s founder and guiding spirit, Gino Sarfatti (1912–85), was an incessant technical and stylistic innovator who almost single-handedly reinvented the chandelier as a modernist lighting form. 

Sarfatti attended the University of Genoa to study aeronautical engineering but was forced to drop out when his father’s company went out of business. His mechanical instincts led him to turn his attention to lighting design — and he founded Arteluce as a small workshop in Milan in 1939. Sarfatti’s father was a Jew, so the family fled to Switzerland in 1943, but after the war — largely thanks to Sarfatti’s insistence on efficiency of design and manufacture — Arteluce quickly established itself as a top firm. Though Sarfatti continued as chief designer through the 1950s and ’60s, he also enlisted other designers such as Franco Albini and Massimo Vignelli to contribute work. Sarfatti sold Arteluce to FLOS — a rival Italian lighting maker — in 1973 and retired to pursue a more traditional avocation: collecting and dealing rare postage stamps. 

Sarfatti is regarded by many collectors as a pioneer of minimalist design. He pared down his lighting works to their essentials, focusing on practical aspects such as flexibility of use. His most famous light, the 2097 chandelier, is a brilliant example of reductive modernist design, featuring a central cylinder from which branches numerous supporting fixtures extending like spokes on a wheel. Similarly, his 566 table lamp is a simple canister, able to be raised or lowered on a stem, holding a half-chrome bulb. Despite the marked functionality of his designs, Sarfatti did have a sprightly side: His 534 table lamp, with its cluster of rounded enameled shades, resembles a vase full of flowers, the Sputnik chandelier (model 2003) was inspired by fireworks and the brightly colored plastic disks of the 2072 chandelier look like lollipops. No matter the style, Sarfatti concentrated first and foremost on the character of light created — and any Arteluce lamp is a modernist masterpiece.

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$2,666
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1 of 35 Gino Sarfatti Pendants Model 2095/1 by Arteluce, Italy, 1958
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Echt, NL
Beautiful original model 2095/1 pendants in very good original condition. Designed by Gino Sarfatti in 1958. Manufactured by Arteluce, Italy. There are 35 of these pendants availa...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arteluce

Materials

Aluminum

Arteluce "Pao" Table Lamp by Matteo Thun
By Arteluce, Matteo Thun
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Arteluce "Pao" table lamp by Matteo Thun Italy 1990s.
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1990s Italian Modern Arteluce

Materials

Metal

Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 Sconces in Black for Arteluce
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Glendale, CA
Pair of Gino Sarfatti Model #10 sconces in black for Arteluce. Executed in black painted aluminum and custom fabricated period styled brass backplates designed to mount over a standa...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arteluce

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Aluminum, Brass

Rare Pair of Wall Lights, Model No. 121 Gino Sarfatti
By Gino Sarfatti, Arteluce
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare pair of wall lights, model no. 121 Gino Sarfatti Available four.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Arteluce

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Gino Sarfatti Model 596 Table Lamp for Arteluce
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gino Sarfatti Seldom seen Model 596 table lamp. Gino Saratti Started and Designed many Classic Lamp Designs for Areluce. His designs shaped the Italian Design Movement! He was the fi...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arteluce

Materials

Metal

Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce Italian Floor Lamps Model 1073, 1956
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Modena, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design couple of famous floor lamps model 1073, electrically connectable to each other, designed by Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce in 1956, reflectors in polis...
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1650s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Arteluce

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Aluminum, Steel, Iron

1970s ‘Abat Jour’ Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce, Italy
By Arteluce, Cini Boeri
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Huge, massive 4 lights marble table lamp with opal acrylic diffuser under and enameled steel top shade. Weight 40 pounds. Contain 4 E27 socket rated at 60 watt each. Switch ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arteluce

Materials

Marble, Steel

"Abat Jour" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce
By Arteluce, Cini Boeri
Located in Milan, IT
Oversized "Abat Jour" table lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce. Pyramidal marble base support the metal and plastic shade. Monumental piece with archetypal shape. From April 2 2016...
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1970s Italian Vintage Arteluce

Materials

Marble, Metal

  • "Abat Jour" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce
  • "Abat Jour" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce
  • "Abat Jour" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce
  • "Abat Jour" Table Lamp by Cini Boeri for Arteluce
H 35.44 in. W 24.81 in. D 24.81 in.
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Arteluce Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Arteluce furniture is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Arteluce Furniture collection, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 245 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture by Arteluce were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Joe Colombo, Gino Sarfatti and Azucena. Arteluce Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $300 and tops out at $30,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,575 on average.