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Arteluce table lamp 600 leatherette sack base white tubular lampshade design: Gino Sarfatti Italy 1960s 1970s

Arteluce Table Lamp 600 - 1966 Design: Gino Sarfatti, Italy

Arteluce Table Lamp 600

Materials: White round leatherette sack base. Lead balls inside. Adjustable white tubular aluminium tube and lampshade. Bakelite E14 socket.

Height: 20,5 cm / 8.07”

Width: ∅ 6,2 cm / 2.44”

Base: ∅ 7,5 cm / 2.95”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a small bulb is preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Gino Sarfatti in 1966.

Manufacturer: Arteluce S.A., Milan, Italy.

Other versions: This Arteluce table lamp 600 exists in a few variations and was made in black or white. The prototype has a real leather base. This model is the 600P. The first edition with the old Arteluce label is 18 cm (7.08”) high. Thanks to the lead balls in the leatherette base, this lamp can be placed in any direction. The lampshade is also adjustable.

This version is from the late 70s, early 80s, to see on the wiring made by VLM Components. It also has the Arteluce label designed by FLOS.

Other versions are the model 600C, designed for a Cornalux 100 watt hammerhead light bulb. Or a 100, 150 spotlight on the models 600G or 600GF.

For the design of this lamp Gino Sarfatti was inspired by the bean bag ashtrays.

Gino Sarfatti – Arteluce

Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice, Italy, 16th September 1912 and studied aero naval engineering at the University of Genoa. He founded his company Arteluce in February 1939 and sold it to FLOS in late 1973. Sarfatti retired and decided to live in his house in Griante on Lake Como.

Gino Sarfatti designed nearly 700 lamps for his company and was awarded numerous times for his designs, including the ‘Compasso d’Oro‘ in 1954. His first designs were created before he found his firm, between 1937 and 1939. Sarfatti passed away, 6 March 1985 in Gravedona, Como, Italy.

Today FLOS still produces his famous chandelier model 2097 from 1957 with 18, 30 and 50 light bulbs.

Designers that worked for Arteluce are, among others: Franco Albini, Cini Boeri, Franca Helg, Antonio Macchi Cassia, Carlo Mollino, Vittorio Gregotti, Lodovico Meneghetti, Giotto Stoppino, Ico Parisi, and Massimo Vignelli.

Video: Expo about Gino Sarfatti at the Milan Triennale in 2012 – 250 lights