SB Cinquantotto
design by Santi & Borachia
SB Cinquantotto
design by Santi-Borachia
A Masterpiece Revisited
1958 / 2019

Astep reintroduces a remarkable suspension light in handblown opal glass. For more than half a century, the SB Cinquantotto design has held a special place in the Sarfatti family, and now the time has come for the founder of Astep, Alessandro Sarfatti, to share its beauty. A characteristic shape, an original wire mounting and a timeless choice of materials make the SB Cinquantotto pendant from 1958 a true masterpiece for contemporary living.

The SB Cinquantotto pendant has always been present in the life of the founder of Astep, Alessandro Sarfatti. His grandfather, the great Italian lighting master Gino Sarfatti, fitted the Sarfatti holiday house by Lake Como with the prototype by the architectural duo Santi Borachia, and to this very day, it remains an irreplaceable part of the interior, owing to its timeless beauty.

Now, the remarkable SB Cinquantotto is reintroduced as a natural element of the curated Astep collection. An Italian masterpiece, revisited and hand-picked by Alessandro, who knows its qualities first-hand. The main features of the minimal design are a characteristic, subtle shape and a simple wire mounting that allows the black cord to run freely along the thin, seemingly transparent wire. The pendant is made of frosted opal glass, handblown with traditional Italian craftsmanship, and a truly timeless material that diffuses light perfectly.

The pendant was designed by the architectural duo Santi Borachia in 1958, hence its name, SB Cinquantotto. Like other talented Italian architects and designers, Carlo Santi and Vittorio Borachia found a creative breeding ground in Arteluce, the renowned lighting company founded by Gino Sarfatti. SB Cinquantotto is a beautiful example of the fruitful cooperation.

The SB Cinquantotto suspension light is available in two sizes. The original size with a diameter of 32 cm has a strong presence in the room and is a perfect companion for the dining table, while the smaller version, with a diameter of 20 cm, has a slightly more modest expression and volume but shares the same timeless qualities.

Specifications SB Cinquantotto 20cm
TypologySuspension
MaterialsOpaline Glass Diffuser, Steel Structure
Dimensions 200 × 260mm
Installed Height460–2200mm
Cable Length2000mm
Diffuser Diameter 200mm
Weight1.45kg
Light Source1 × E14 LED (40W Max)
Complimentary Bulb Included *
Instruction Manual
Press Material & 3D Models
Specifications SB Cinquantotto 32cm
TypologySuspension
MaterialsOpaline Glass Diffuser, Steel Structure
Dimensions 320 × 410mm
Installed Height610–2350mm
Cable Length2000mm
Diffuser Diameter 320mm
Weight2.62kg
Light Source1 × E27 LED (60W Max)
Complimentary Bulb Included *
Instruction Manual
Press Material & 3D Models
Santi & Borachia

Carlo Santi and Vittorio Borachia, who make up the architectural duo Santi Borachia, met while they were both students at the Polytechnic School in Milan during the 1940s and found common ground for exploring the world of architecture and design. Among other collaborations, the duo was involved in the lighting company Arteluce, which at the time attracted the most talented architects and designers due to the visionary and experimental approach of its founder, Gino Sarfatti. Later, Carlo Santi’s and Vittorio Borachia’s spheres of interest moved on to urban planning, but from time to time they continued the exploration of lighting and furniture design, both as a duo and under their own names. Carlo Santi and Vittorio Borachia were guided by the logical and formal principles of the most recent industrial techniques and materials and aimed for an essential elegance in their design, whether in plastic, wood or glass.

Carlo Santi (1925-2004) worked as an architect, designer and urban planner. From the mid-1950s, Carlo Santi engaged in urban investigations from a profound wish to enhance the urban and rural landscape, an interest he shared with Vittorio Borachia. He lectured in Urban Planning at the Polytechnic School in Milan during the 1960s and later became professor in charge. Carlo Santi had a long career with many publications and positions, including as a board member of INU (National Institute of Urban Planning) from 1959 to 1962, and from 1973 to 1973, he was a member of the board of directors of ADI, the Association for Industrial Design, to which he was registered from 1956 to 1980.

Vittorio Borachia (1920-2015) worked as an architect and designer and was also appointed professor of Urban Planning at the Polytechnic School in Milan, the school he and Carlo Santi graduated from. Vittorio Borachia had a great love of nature and strived to embrace it both in architecture and urban planning, always seeking to combine growth and development with ecological sustainability. Vittorio Borachia contributed to numerous publications, and during the early 1950s he collaborated with Carlo Santi on a set of monographic notebooks for Domus magazine. Vittorio Borachia was one of the founders of ILRES, the Ligurian Institute of Economic and Social Research, and he served as President of INU (National Institute of Urban Planning) Liguria from 1965 to 1991.

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