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Arteluce

Italian light manufacturer


Arteluce (established in 1939) is a premier lighting company founded by Gino Sarfatti. Born in Venice, Sarfatti moved to Genoa in 1930 and studied the new science of aeronautical engineering. But as the decade progressed, the political situation in Italy impacted negatively his family’s economic situation. These new hardships forced Gino Sarfatti to abandon his engineering career, deciding instead to focus his attention wholly on designing Modernist lamps. This step fit well with Sarfatti’s young entrepreneurial instincts, and his design talent and drive promptly rewarded him with success. In 1939, Sarfatti founded lighting studio Arteluce when he moved his manufacturing facility to Milan, and he opened a new retail shop on corso Matteotti.

After being forced to flee to Switzerland from 1941 to 1946 to avoid the anti-Semitism of Mussolini’s regime, Gino Sarfatti returned to Italy, where he oversaw the establishment of Arteluce as an extremely successful endeavor known for its creative style. It is estimated that Sarfatti designed between 400 and 700 lighting pieces in his career. This may explain why the Arteluce brand can be found in lamps in an incredibly wide variety of settings, including well-styled homes and apartments, stores, and even the Teatro Regio in Turin. read more

In 1950, Gino Sarfatti took a long and important trip to the United States.  During his absence, he assigned the artistic directorship of Arteluce to his friend Vittoriano Viganò.  During his tenure, Viganò made important design contributions to Arteluce and some of his most successful designs were for lights with large light cones and articulated arms, such as the his ceiling light Model 2062.

Gino Sarfatti understood the importance for the brand and its prestige that the Arteluce shop in Milan had, and, in 1953, he invited the prominent Italian designer Marco Zanuso to completely redesign the shop.  The following year, in 1954, Arteluce was awarded the Grand Prix at the Triennale di Milano (Milan Triennial) for the rollout of the innovative and minimalist floor lamp (Model 1063), with a design centered around a visible fluorescent tubular bulb, which remains popular to this day.   During the later part of the 1950s and for the 1960s, Arteluce collaborated with the most important Italian designers of the time such as Franco Albini, Franca Helg, Ico Parisi, Vittoriano Viganò, and Massimo Vignelli.

By the late 1960s, the complexity of Arteluce’s business had grown considerably and required a much larger managerial workforce. At this time, Gino Sarfatti’s sons and other family members joined the company, but Gino Sarfatti decided to sell Arteluce to Flos in 1973 at the peak of its sales and profits.

Since it has been owned by Flos, the Arteluce brand has not been developed as much, and some of the designs in Aerteluce’s portfolio are now sold under the Flos brand worldwide.

Last updated: April 24, 2019

For more information on Arteluce, please visit:

Gino Sarfatti at Flos.com

Arteluce at Arteluce.com

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Arteluce's products

Arteluce's products

Arteluce's products

Gino Sarfatti
Table or wall lamp

Gino Sarfatti
Set of three wall lights

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light, model 225

Vittoriano Viganò
Ceiling light, model 2059

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light model 179

Gino Sarfatti
Floor lamp, model 1056

Gino Sarfatti and Vittoriano Viganò
Wall light, model 199

Gino Sarfatti
Rare wall light, model 169/4

Vittoriano Viganò
Ceiling light model 2062

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light, model 208

Gino Sarfatti
Ceiling light model 3010

Gino Sarfatti
Ceiling light model 3010

Gino Sarfatti
Pair of ceiling lights model 3010

Gino Sarfatti
Chandalier model 2097

Gino Sarfatti
Wall lamps model 249

Gino Sarfatti
Table lamp, model 566

Gino Sarfatti
Ceiling light, model 3053

Franco Albini and Franca Helg
Ceiling light model 2050

Gino Sarfatti
Adjustable wall light, model 181

Gino Sarfatti
Floor light model 1067

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light, model 213

Gino Sarfatti
Floor lamp, model 1056

Gino Sarfatti
Wall sconce, model 169/2

Franco Albini and Franca Helg
Ochetta sconces model 3052

Gino Sarfatti
Floor lamp model 1050/1

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light, model 43

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light - model 34

Gino Sarfatti
Wall or ceiling light, model 586/s

Gino Sarfatti
Table lamp, model 566

Gino Sarfatti
Wall or desk light, model 551/31B

Gino Sarfatti
Desk lamp, model 606

Gino Sarfatti
Floor lamp, model 1030

Gino Sarfatti
Wall light, model 211 - pair

Gino Sarfatti
Ceiling light, model 3001/50

Gino Sarfatti
Wall lamp, model 218

Gino Sarfatti
Ceiling light, model 3001/30

Gino Sarfatti
Pair of wall/ceiling lights, mod. 3031

Gino Sarfatti
Wall or ceiling light, model 3001/14

Gino Sarfatti
Wall or ceiling light, model 3031

Gino Sarfatti
Wall or ceiling light, mod. 3030

Gino Sarfatti
Table light model 580/B

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