Gino Sarfatti, the art of light

Gino Sarfatti dedicated much of his life to light. Surely he would have agreed with Leo Tolstoy’s famous quote, “All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

Born in Venice in 1912, he had studied naval engineering. But in 1939 he founded “Arteluce”, a company that made lighting devices and interior decor items.

In his career he would go on to produce over four hundred different models of lamps (table, wall-mounted, floor and ceiling lamps) and chandeliers, achieving various international accolades – including the Compasso d’oro, twice – and cooperating with many great architects and designers.

After all, as Le Corbusier once said, “Architecture is the masterly, correct and magnificent play of masses brought together in light.”

December 16, 2013