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Illuminated Nightstands by Ico Parisi & Gino Sarfatti (Arteluce) for 'MIM', 1958

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$10,000per set


Wonderful pair of rare "Positano" series nightstands finished in italian walnut and brass, designed in 1958 by Italian architect Ico Paris in collaboration with Gino Sarfatti (appliques) for 'MIM', Roma, Italy . These cabinets came out of a hotel in the South of Italy and these examples appear to be a bespoke production specifically for the hotel's interior as each cabinet bears a unique impressed number above the circular 'MIM' manufacturer's decal. The brass hardware on these cabinets has been beautifully executed with wonderful offset brass detailing to the door handle's backplates and delicate inset brass detailing to the drawer all arranged in a composition that remind me of the beautiful mminimal constructivist and 'arte concrete' reliefs of the period, The built in appliques for bedside reading have a Calderesque minimal sculpural beauty about them and were designed in 1957 by the great master of italian lighting ,Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce (model '222;) . These are wonderful pieces that bring art and design together which is not suprising as Ico Parisi was both an architect and artist.. The delicately and beautifully handled detailing on these cabinets is right up there with masters such as Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa. Other subtle but lovely details are the inset chamfered finger pulls to the inside edge of the doors. The more you look the more you appreciate these details. Each cabinet has an open upper storage compartment for books, vases etc that spans the full width of the cabinet with accompanying inbuilt Sarfatti applique for bedside reading. There is a single drawer to each cabinet which spans half the width of the cabinet with inset brass detailing to the drawer front , below that there are two storage storage cabinets hidden behind italian walnut doors. Alll in all a very high quality production with beautiful hidden details and finish. The hardware has all been brass plated and gives these nightstands a very luxurious appearance Ultra modern Italian design for that period full of technical details, all designed specifically for the realization of these objects.


  • Creator
    Arteluce (Manufacturer),Gino Sarfatti (Designer),MIM Roma (Cabinetmaker),Ico Parisi (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.85 in. (88.5 cm)Width: 28.75 in. (73 cm)Depth: 13.39 in. (34 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1958-63
  • Condition
    Rewired: The appliques have been checked and rewired and the original built in power outlet has been disconnected, the top button is to click on the lamp, all the rest has been disabled for use as they were for the hotel room service intercoms etc. Repaired: A small hole in the back panel ,where the old electrical supply to the hotel intercom entered the cabinet, has been cosmetically restored, a few areas of minor user wear to one side .Detailed photo's and condition report are available upon request. Additions or alterations made to the original: The previously worn surface finish on the decorative metal parts and hardware have been recently replated in brass and are now in really nice shape . Wear consistent with age and use. Very nice original vintage examples in a very good condition with some user wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    bergen op zoom, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU930122132752

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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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