Gino Sarfatti’s table lamp Model 548 emits both reflected and diffused illumination from an adjustable spotlight directed up toward its reflecting screen. His 1951-era design posits a large diffuser in methacrylate above the white-painted spotlight that is mounted on a stem in polished or burnished brass, with a smaller brass bar at the base acting as a counterweight. Now reissued by Astep, Model 548 has been thoughtfully updated with an LED light source replacing the original incandescent bulb and a discretely integrated dimmer switch.
19.75" h x 19.75" dia (50x50cm)
Brass, opaline methacrylate
Integrated LED 11W
Astep founder Alessandro Sarfatti is as close to design royalty as one can get. In 1939, his grandfather Gino Sarfatti founded the legendary Italian firm Arteluce, which introduced a notable sense of style to the lighting field. In turn, in 1978, his father Riccardo Sarfatti and his mother Sandra Severi, along with architect Paolo Rizzatto, followed up with Luceplan, exploring new lighting technology and working with specialized craftsmen. Both companies turned out a number of Italian modernist design classics, but Alessandro decided to form Astep in Denmark, telling Domus magazine, “All my roots are in Italy; my friends and my network are here. So, the company has this Scandinavia-Italy spin.”
Alessandro prizes both innovation and the high points of the past, developing new lighting products while retaining the best of the best. His company debuted with reworked versions of the Model 2065 style from his grandfather and the VV Cinquanta series from designer and family friend Vittoriano Viganò. Given today's digital-leaning world, Alessandro says Astep aspires to extend the forward-thinking outlook of his forbears and embrace the quality of life that new technologies offer. “Admiration for the past is a good thing,” he adds, “but, most of all, we want to offer something new.”