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Arteluce Mirrors

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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, Sarfatti's 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.

Find vintage Arteluce table lamps, chandeliers, floor lamps and other lighting on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Arteluce
Gino Sarfatti Attributed Round Illuminated Mirror, Italy, circa 1960
By Arteluce, Gino Sarfatti
Located in Vienna, AT
Rare 26" Illuminating mirror with bevelled edges by Sarfatti for Arteluce, circa 1964 Backlit round mirror probably by Sarfatti for his own label. It's a very minimalistic bevelled ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arteluce Mirrors

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20th Century Gino Sarfatti Lighting Wall Mirror mod. 51B for Arteluce, 70s
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Gino Sarfatti was an Italian designer and businessman born in 1912 in Venice. After studying aeronaval engineering in Genova, he founded the Arteluce company in 1939 in Milan. Its pu...
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Arteluce mirrors for sale on 1stDibs.

Arteluce mirrors are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arteluce mirrors, although white editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original mirrors by Arteluce were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Lorenzo Burchiellaro, Giovanni Gariboldi, and Paolo Buffa. Prices for Arteluce mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,800 and can go as high as $15,575, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $11,187.

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