The Model 537, designed by Gino Sarfatti for Astep, has refined simplicity and distinguishes itself through the harmonious blend of opulent materials and inventive, playful design. The generously sized aluminum reflector, available in black or white, is artfully mounted asymmetrically on a lacquered or brushed brass stem, intricately twisted to achieve a captivating balance before gracefully resting on an exquisite marble base. The design’s ingenuity is further highlighted by the stem extending through the reflector, assuming a dual role as a whimsical feature and a practical handle. Whether adorning a home office desk or gracing the living room, bedroom, or any space seeking diffused light within an extraordinary design, Model 537 captivates with its unique combination of sumptuous materials and playful aesthetics.
Gino Sarfatti's contributions to the field of lighting design were immense and enduring. His ability to merge engineering expertise with innovative design concepts set a standard for the industry. Despite starting his career with a background in aeronautical engineering, Sarfatti's encounter with lighting sparked a lifelong passion that led to the creation of over 700 luminaires.
Establishing Arteluce in 1939, Sarfatti transformed the landscape of lighting design, bringing forward-thinking ideas and groundbreaking designs to the forefront. His exploration of new materials, technologies, and production methods ensured that his creations were not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and efficient.
Sarfatti's entrepreneurial spirit and multidisciplinary approach allowed him to stay ahead of the curve, constantly pushing boundaries and redefining what was possible in lighting design. His legacy lives on through the continued influence of his work and the acquisition of Arteluce by Flos, ensuring that his designs remain accessible to generations of admirers.
Retiring to Lake Como in 1973, Sarfatti left behind a rich legacy of innovation and creativity. His impact on the world of design continues to be felt, cementing his status as one of the most significant figures in the history of Italian industrial design. Gino Sarfatti's vision and ingenuity have left an indelible mark on the world of design, inspiring countless designers and illuminating spaces with his timeless creations.
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