Targetti Sankey Elbow Desk Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) round base. Metal gooseneck with a black plastic hose. Two chrome tubes. Bakelite socket.
Height: +- 37 cm / 14.56” (adjustable)
Width: 34 cm / 13.38”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a side mirror globe bulb. Side mirror globe light bulbs are still in production today in incandescence, halogen en LED.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: E. Bellini.
Manufacturer: Targetti Sankey S.p.A., Via Pratese, 164, 50145 Firenze – Italy.
Other versions: This Targetti Sankey Elbow desk lamp exists in white, red, blue and so on. A chandelier with 4 lamps was also made. A floor lamp, a clamp lamp and many other models were produced. They were a big success.
Often attributed to Gino Sarfatti, others say Mario Bellini. But it is E. Bellini according to the iF Design Awards website. Unfortunately no information to be found about the designer. Gino Sarfatti designed a table lamp with many similarities, the 536 C in 1966 with a Cornalux bulb.
The Elbow desk lamp is often named Bendy, the reason is unclear. Sometimes confused with the Stilnovo Periscopio table lamp.
This lamp received an iF Design Award in 1975.
Targetti Sankey S.p.A.
Targetti Sankey S.p.A. was founded in 1928 by Sankey Targetti as a family business. His son Paolo was the second president of the company. Today his grandson Lorenzo succeeded Paolo in the chairmanship of the group, and Stella, his granddaughter, is the vice president of the Tuscany Region. The company has been designing and producing indoor and outdoor architectural light fixtures ever since.
The company specialises in lighting for large exhibition spaces. For example the lights used in the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy of Florence) to illuminate the world famous statue of David, made by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564), were a gift by Targetti for the museum. Also the Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia di Belle Arti) in Firenze is illuminated by Targetti.
Paolo Targetti (1937 -2010) worked for the company since 1960 and has been working on the management’s commitments with an enthusiastic activity in the field of design of lighting and communication equipment. He was president of the Targetti Sankey S.p.A. company since 1985. For some years Targetti was president of the L’Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) in Florence.
Targetti was appointed President of the Industrial Association of Florence (L’Associazione industriali di Firenze) in 1987, member of the “giunta nazionale di Confindustria”, the Confederation National Council, since 1991, runner of work since 1992, president of the scuola di Scienze Aziendali, the School of Business Science in Florence from 2003 to 2010.
From 2004 to 2007 he was chairman of the National Association of Lighting Manufacturers, the L’Associazione nazionale dei produttori di illuminazione. Since 2008 he was president of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
Villa La Sfacciata
In 1998 Paolo Targetti and Targetti Sankey bought the Villa La Sfacciata in Firenze, Italy. It houses the Fondazione La Sfacciata Lighting Academy, the home of the Targetti Light Art collection, headed by Amnon Barzel.
The Foundation is dedicated to promoting lighting research, the diffusion of light culture and commissioning works of art to contemporary artists made with the use of artificial lights. The Villa La Sfacciata is located in via Volterrana 82, on the hill of Giogoli, near the Certosa di Firenze.
Links (external links open in a new window)
The Targetti Sankey S.p.A. company website
The Elbow desk lamp on the iF Design Awards website
Villa La Sfacciata – Wikipedia
Gallery of the Academy of Florence – Wikipedia
Florence/Firenze – Wikipedia
Targetti lamps in the Academy of Fine Arts
David by Michelangelo – Wikipedia
The Palazzo Vecchio – Wikipedia
The biography of Gino Sarfatti on the Flos website
Gino Sarfatti fanpage – Facebook
Silvano Editoriale publishers
Mario Bellini – Wikipedia
Mario Bellini website
Targetti Sankey Elbow Floor Lamp