Elegance and lightness are recurrent themes the work of Gino Sarfatti, and Model 2065 is no exception.
In 1949–50 Gino Sarfatti received a few samples of a new material, methacrylate. Methacrylate is stronger and lighter compared to glass, which was the favored material in the lighting industry at the time. The shape of Model 2065 came naturally to Gino Sarfatti once he held the material in his hands. In his last interview with Jean-Francois Grunfeld in 1984, Gino Sarfatti describes his first encounter with methacrylate.
“At the time we knew nothing except that it could be lit. So I took a few colors and put a light bulb inside, that was all.”
Model 2065 consists of a diffuser made of two joined opalescent methacrylate saucers, suspended from the ceiling with a black painted aluminium canopy. The simplicity of the design and lightness of the materials makes for a perceptively weightless luminaire.
The model has been featured in a number of significant interior projects by Italian architects such as Vito Latis and Vittoriano Viganò, and became a widely popular model within the Arteluce Collection.
|Materials||Opaline Methacrylate Diffuser, Painted Aluminum Structure|
|Finish||White Diffuser, Black Structure|
|Dimensions||∅ 500 x 546 mm|
Born in Venice in 1912, Gino Sarfatti studied to become an aeronautical engineer until family circumstances compelled him to relocate to Milan where he had his first encounter with lighting, an engineering project to transform a glass vase into a lamp. This encounter with lighting design and engineering shaped the path of his life. In 1939 Gino Sarfatti founded his company Arteluce, which brought lighting into the 20th century combining innovative ideas with groundbreaking design.
Arteluce won numerous prizes and awards including the Compasso d’Oro in 1954 and 1955, and the Honorary Diploma of the Milan Triennale, becoming an important meeting place for many leading Italian architects throughout the 50’s and 60’s. The first Milanese Arteluce retail space was designed with Marco Zanuso in 1951. Ten years later Gino Sarfatti and his lifelong friend Vittoriano Viganò designed their flagship location on Via della Spiga.
Throughout his career, Gino Sarfatti explored and was inspired by new product typologies, innovative materials, lighting technologies, and production techniques. His hybrid talent as a designer and engineer enabled him to created refined products in both aesthetics and function.
Gino Sarfatti was a significant figure in the history of Italian industrial design, developing more than 700 luminaires. In 1973 he retired on Lake Como, with Flos acquiring Arteluce and their expansive catalog.
Gino Sarfatti died at Gravedona in 1985.