Designed in 1956, the Model 566 embodies Gino Sarfatti’s reductive process, resulting in a balanced elemental form. The luminaire stands poised, with implied forward motion, lightening the contrasting body tube which holds the characteristic Cornalux bulb. The body tube is cleverly supported by a simple rubber ring that provides the perfect amount of friction for infinite adjustability. The base, originally made of cast-iron, is now made from an alloy of aluminium, magnesium, and copper, which provides better resistance to corrosion, produces no air pollution during production, and is recyclable. Punctuating the design, a familiar push-button on/off switch is incorporated in the base, providing a satisfying click.
The choice of bulb for this luminaire enables the strict minimalistic configuration since the bulb itself incorporates a reflector and a means of orientation. With half-silvered glass, coupled with a bayonet fitting, the Cornalux bulb has been out of production for some years. Through a special production for the Model 566, Astep brings this classic back to life with modern energy-efficient and long-lasting LED technology.
|Aluminum Body, Steel Stand, Cast Alloy Base|
|W140 × D374 × H506mm|
|1 × B22 LED 8W (8W Max)|
Complimentary Bulb Included *
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.