My Highlights from Design Miami/ 2013
This exemplar is to be considered unique as it is the first prototype of the lamp 1054 by Gino Sarfatti. Unlike the model that went in production in 1952, this prototype was made with a varnished cement base and a long reflector handle. The lamp in fact came in production with a marble base and a shorter handle.
This prototype appears in a vintage photo of Arteluce showroom in Milan. (see References.)
Manufacturer: Arteluce, Italy
M. Romanelli e S. Severi, Gino Sarfatti. Opere scelte 1938-1973, Silvana Editoriale, Milano, 2012, ill. pagg. 19, 450.
Italian engineer Gino Sarfatti started the Arteluce Company in 1939 and would go on to design over 700 lighting products—floor lamps, chandeliers, spotlights, and other light fittings—between the mid-1930s and early 1970s. His work at Arteluce effectively shaped the modern architectural movement in Italy and supported many of the mid-century designers including Franco Albini, Gianfranco Frattini, Sergio Asti, and Ico Parisi. Through his exploration and experimentation with new materials like Plexiglas, diverse production methodologies and techniques as well as light sources, such as halogen bulbs, Sarfatti was a true innovator of Italian lighting and design.
Italian, 1912-1984, Venice, Italy