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Model 548

c. 1951/2013

by Gino Sarfatti
for Astep

Model 548

by Gino Sarfatti
for  Astep

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Crafted in 1951 by Gino Sarfatti, the Astep Model 548 table lamp stands as a testa­ment to Sarfat­ti’s mastery of balance and light reflec­tion, recur­rent in his exten­sive work. Model 548 inge­niously combines reflected and diffused light, achieved through an adjustable spot­light directed upward towards a reflect­ing screen. The sizable diffuser, avail­able in orange, blue, or white methacry­late, contributes to a sophis­ti­cated play of light, becom­ing an inte­gral part of the illu­sion and percep­tual inter­play. The spot­light, crafted from white painted aluminum, is affixed to a tubular stem in polished or burnished brass, with a small brass bar at the base serving as a coun­ter­weight in the elegant balanc­ing act of Model 548’s elements. In its reissue, the orig­i­nal incan­des­cent bulb has been upgraded to an LED source, seam­lessly inte­grat­ing an optical dimmer switch into the authentic design.


Gino Sarfatti

Italy (1912–1985)

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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