Gino Sarfatti Model 540 Style Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal, embossed aluminium reflector. Transparent acrylic. Some plastic parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 22 cm / 8.66”
Width: 12 x 10,5 cm / 4.72 x 4.13”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But a silver cup light bulb gives the most beautiful result with this table lamp.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised. After a design by Gino Sarfatti.
Manufacturer: Insta GmbH, Hohe Steinert 10, 58509 Lüdenscheid, Germany.
Other versions: Copied in several sizes and colours, also produced as a big floor lamp. Also chandeliers were made. Many different variations in the design. Today’s copies are all made in China. Sometimes the acrylic is made to thin; the globe falls down after a while. Beware when you buy one!
This table lamp was produced in the 1970s -1980s, to see on the wiring.
The design of this lamp is based on lamp model 540 designed by Gino Sarfatti in 1968. It has many similarities, even the size. But it’s different. Below are pictures from the book Gino Sarfatti – Selected Works 1938-1973. As you can see the holes in the lampshade are not around the globe such as with this one. They are on top and go from front to back. The holes are round.
A touch version (switch by touch) was also produced by Insta GmbH for a long time. Exactly the same table lamp. The company was founded in 1970 by Berker, Gira + Jung. In all probability this lamp was also produced by them. It was named Sensorette. Several versions were produced.
Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice, Italy in 1912 and studied aero naval engineering at the University of Genoa. He founded his company Arteluce in 1935 and sold it to FLOS in 1973.
Sarfatti died on March 6, 1985 in Gravedona, Como, Italy. Some sources say it was 1984. Gino Sarfatti designed the 540 table lamp series in 1968. Numerous variations based on this design were produced by several companies.
Today FLOS still produces his famous chandelier model 2097 from 1957 with 30 to 50 light bulbs.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Insta GmbH website
Arteluce on Wikipedia
Arteluce in the Moma Museum New York
Gino Sarfatti bio on the FLOS website
Gino Sarfatti: The Man Who Shaped the Modern Italian Architecture Movement on the FLOS USA website
Chandelier model 2097 on the FLOS USA website
Gino Sarfatti fanpage on Facebook
This table lamp in gold coloured metal and smoked acrylic on Vintageinfo
Video: Expo about Gino Sarfatti at the Milan Triennale in 2012 – 250 lights