The droplight luminaire designed in 1969 is a beautiful example of Gino Sarfatti’s visionary design. A versatile, functional artwork that makes a powerful statement and brings attention to everything its light touches.
The intimate light provided by Model 2129 wraps the space in a warm ambience. The luminaire features a discreet counterweight and a large arc-shaped arm in transparent methacrylate that is attached to the ceiling and able to rotate 360 degrees horizontally. The cup-shaped reflector is made of two lathed aluminium pieces painted white and caviar grey. Both the dowel for the ceiling fitting and the counterweight are made of painted brass.
In the re-issue, the original light source – an incandescent bulb – is replaced with LED lighting.
|Aluminium Reflectors, Methacrylate and Brass Structure|
|W400 × D1450 × H1000–2400mm|
|Integrated LED 25W|
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.