Expert voice : Christophe Dupouy, spotlight on Gino Sarfatti

On Christophe Dupouy's booth, the luminous design of Gino Sarfatti returns as a sweet refrain that we keep in mind. This enlightened, inexhaustible and passionate antique dealer will be able to show you the most emblematic pieces of the Italian designer, and much more if you take the time to stop and observe all the pieces selected by his sharp eye.

What is your background ?

I worked for 30 years in music as a sound engineer, director and producer. At the same time, I was a coin collector of the 20th century. When I was 50, I decided to change my life I came Paul Bert Serpette, I saw that there was a booth for rent and very quickly I settled here by presenting all that I had accumulated in the collection. Having bought my goods 10 years ago, I was completely out market, but finally it worked very well I trained myself, I learned everything on the job I got an eye, it's the secret of the job I find the same similarities with my old job in music , I had an ear and I created sound spaces, now I apply the same rules with my eyes as with my ears. Just like a balance of sounds, there is a balance of shapes.

Tell us about your passion for Gino Sarfatti

I quickly discovered the work of Gino Sarfatti, on the occasion of an exhibition that took place in Milan during the Triennale in 2012, for the anniversary of his birth. I fell in love with it, a real emotional shock There is such a variety in his work and at the same time such unity ... He has made more than 1000 lamps that are all completely different and endowed with a technicality that speaks to me a lot.

He designed, created and sold the models, managed the entire production chain within Arteluce, the publishing house he had created and which soon had great success.

Gino Sarfatti liked to say that he made lighting fixtures, not lamps, each piece had a specific function The aesthetic was not his first goal, the important thing was its functionality, the way it had lighting and the way it could be manipulated. He designed lamps that can move, everything was made so that the person can adapt the light to his taste. It is always this concept to be able to change the camera lighting to make light, or just a shaded area.

Gino Sarfatti is the first person to use plastic around electrical wires. The wire is an integral part of the lamp, it does not seek to hide it and uses it to give an extra movement to the object.

He followed all the new technologies of the time like the neon and filament lamps. Whenever a manufacturer released a new bulb, it gave him an idea of lamp The year of the release of the first neon, it has made a floor lamp, even though it was a material intended for factories. This piece has now become the most iconic piece.

Can you present us one of the pieces of your booth?

I present at this moment the lamp 584 / P that Gino Sarfatti realized in 1957. We find in this piece, all his genius. She is at the same time playful thanks to its color, and technically very well done. One never sees screw in a lamp Sarfatti, everything is mounted and realized at the simplest. The stem that is primarily used to catch the lamp so it can be moved easily is also worked so that it is very easy to catch. On the base, it uses a granite paint, found in many of his pieces. This very resistant painting was also used for the engines of car. It uses it on the base of the lamp because it is often the part which is the most quickly damaged. It is a piece that I like very much.

What does Paul Bert Serpette represent for you?

Paul Bert Serpette is the only place where I want to work. It is the high place of the second part of the 20th, I am very well in this market I do not intend to move. I open also to new projects, I will be at the PAD in March and I will present many lamps.