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'Visor' Wall Lamp by Vittoriano Vigano for Arteluce, Italy, 1950s

$2,076.12

About

This stunning wall lamp was designed by Vittoriano Vigano for Arteluce in Italy in the 1950s. This model is often named 'Visor'. The lamp is adjustable in all directions or in a set position. It has the original label of Arteluce on the inside. The company of Arteluce was established by Italian designer Gino Sarfatti. This light does carry his signature in some details. Arteluce represented a great quality in designs as well as in the use of materials. That way this lamp is in a very good condition with signs of age and use. A true piece of Italian quality design. We have 2 of these lamps available, both lamps are from the same source, but are slightly different on the top. More pictures are available on request.

Details

  • Creator
    Vittoriano Vigano (Designer),Arteluce (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.09 in. (18 cm)Width: 10.63 in. (27 cm)Depth: 13 in. (33 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredMetal
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The wall plate shows some paintloss. The shade is in very good condition. with very good and original lacquer. might show some discoloration.
  • Seller Location
    Steenwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: V1362.31stDibs: LU1880320525912

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $110 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 1-3 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Steenwijk, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About Arteluce (Manufacturer)

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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