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Artemide Sintesi Faretto Table Lamp

Materials: Round black base. Red-orange painted metal (iron) slats. Black painted iron grid on top of the silver painted adjustable aluminium lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 28 cm  / 11.02”

Width: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x  100 watt maximum, 220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

In the first years of production a Cornalux light bulb was used. In the 1980s an aluminium diffuser was designed. The purpose was to reduce the costs for the consumer because the Cornalux lamp is rather expensive.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Ernesto Gismondi in 1975.

Manufacturer: Artemide, Pregnana Milanese, near Milan, Italy. 

Other versions: This Artemide Sintesi Faretto table lamp (or wall lamp) was made in several versions, as you can see on this page.

Ernesto Gismondi

Ernesto Gismondi: born in San Remo, Italy on December 25, 1931. In 1957 he graduated in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic and in 1959 he gained a degree in Missile Engineering at the Professional School of Engineering in Rome.

Since the beginning of the 1960s he has been devoting to the planning and production of lighting equipment, founding Studio Artemide S.A.S., together with designer Sergio Mazza. He became established as an international designer, participating, as one of the inventors, in “Memphis”, an avant-garde movement that brought about a profound evolution in the design sector and designing many successful appliances for the Group.


The Artemide Group is based in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. The company is best known for the Tizio desk lamp designed by Richard Sapper in 1972 and the Tolomeo desk lamp, designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986.

Designers who have collaborated with the company include Mario Botta, Sir Norman Foster, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Neil Poulton, Karim Rashid, Giò Ponti and many others.

Cornalux Bulb: The Oluce Cornalux with its famous “hammerhead” is symbolic of some of the most famous lamps made by Oluce, such as the “Agnoli 387” designed by Tito Agnoli in 1954 and then in 1965, the “Spider” series by Joe Colombo. The Cornalux lamp is still available.

The first lamp of the Artemide company was the Alfa table lamp, designed by Sergio Mazza in 1959, in production from 1960 until today.

Metal structure in opaque nickel-plate; diffuser in crystal glass; base in marble. The metal parts are hand turned. A version from the 1970s was made with a rosewood base.

Artemide Alfa Table Lamp

Artemide Alfa - 1959 - Sergio Mazza

Artemide Sintesi Faretto 

Adjustable table, wall or ceiling lamp in lacquered metal in white, blue, red and green. Bulb type: Max 1 x 100 Watt bayonet fitting Cornalux.

Artemide Sintesi Faretto

Artemide Sintesi Faretto

Artemide Sintesi

Adjustable and extendable table or wall lamp in lacquered metal in white, blue, red and green. Bulb type: Max 1 x 100 Watt bayonet fitting cornalux.

Artemide Sintesi Catalogue

Artemide Sintesi Catalogue

Artemide Sintesi Terra

Adjustable and extendable floor lamp in lacquered metal, white, blue, red and green. Bulb type: Max 1 x 100 Watt bayonet fitting cornalux.

Artemide Sintesi Terra Catalogue

Artemide Sintesi Terra Catalogue

Lamps in the movies!

The Artemide Sintesi was used as a prop in the 1981 film Outland. A British science fiction thriller written and directed by Peter Hyams. Starring Sean ConneryPeter Boyle and Frances Sternhagen.

Artemide Sintesi Lamp prop in Outland (1981) - Lamps in the movies!