In 1959, Le Sfere was launched in a solar system of its own, revolving around a single luminous sphere. Le Sfere features a simple, yet elegant principle in which a blown opaline glass sphere is held in place by a painted aluminium ring. A refined embrace that lends the luminaire a graphic expression and brings forth its distinctive aesthetic.
The Le Sfere collection is the largest product family by Gino Sarfatti with models that have developed over time, from the first single sphere, Model 237, to the iconic twenty-four-sphere chandelier, Model 2109. All created from the same fundamental principle that still resonates today with its beautiful interpretation and perfection of a luminous sphere.
To Gino Sarfatti, Le Sfere was a multifaceted, open-minded luminaire system, suitable for illuminating all kinds of spaces with its ambient moonlight, from a modest corridor to exclusive private and commercial settings.
Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice in 1912 and studied aero-naval engineering at the University of Genoa.
In 1939 he started working in the lighting industry and setup the company Arteluce which soon became a national and international reference point for the modern architecture movement in lighting. The company became a meeting place and an important forum for many of the leading Italian designers of the 50s and 60s such as Franco Albini, Gianfranco Frattini, Sergio Asti or Ico Parisi.
During his thirty years of activity, Gino Sarfatti designed and produced over 400 lighting objects and was constantly involved with research and innovation in typology, materials, production technologies, light sources, technical lighting effects and design aspects.
So it is Sarfati, for example, who in 1971 designed the very first lamp to use halogen bulbs.
Throughout his career Sarfatti and Arteluce won numerous prizes and awards including the Compasso d'Oro in 1954 and 1955, and the Honorary Diploma of the Milan Triennale.
In 1973 Arteluce became a division of Flos and in 1985 one of the greatest minds of 20
th century lighting design passed away in Gravedona, Italy.
Astep creates and curates meaningful design objects
Honouring the vivid tradition and evolution of Italian design, Astep not only creates new designs but also brings back to life timeless works that were born from a forward-thinking attitude and maintain the capacity to affect and enlighten our lives today.
A family affair
Founder Alessandro Sarfatti explains: "Like all good Italian tales, mine is also a family affair and started a long time ago.
In 1939, my grandfather Gino Sarfatti founded Arteluce, a company that for the first time introduced design to the lighting business. In 1978, my father Riccardo went a step further. When creating Luceplan with my mother Sandra Severy and architect Paolo Rizzatto, he linked design with technology and envisaged a new business model that became synonymous with the 'Made in Italy' quality and innovation: working with specialized, talented and handpicked industrial craftsmen. Both Arteluce and Luceplan created one icon after another, luminaires of enduring beauty and embedding the meaning of evolution. At Astep, we present a careful selection of works from the great minds of the past in combination with new inventions from the great minds of the present. A collection of objects, fluid in time, that carry on the heritage and story of my family."
Steel structure, blown opal glass diffusers
1 sphere x diam. 14cm - Black
2 spheres x diam. 14cm; total width 31cm - Black
1 sphere x diam. 20cm - Black
2 spheres x diam. 20cm; total width 45cm - Black
1 sphere x diam. 14cm - Champagne
2 spheres x diam. 14cm; total width 31cm - Champagne
1 sphere x diam. 20cm - Champagne
2 spheres x diam. 20cm; total width 45cm - Champagne
Diam. 14cm: E14 max 40W; diam. 20cm: E27 max 60W
Made in Italy
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