Timeless inventions

Astep is a design company that brings to the domestic landscape, the experience, knowledge and the future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured in my family for three generations, and bridges it with the latest developments in digital technologies.

Our name “Astep” indicates the necessary motion of a never-ending journey – the journey of evolution. It points to a natural but essential move towards the creation of something that’s better, more substantial, more worthwhile. Astep represents our admiration for timeless inventions: objects that – regardless of when they were designed or made – retain their edge, their capacity to affect our lives, advancing the manner in which we live.

History

Like all good Italian tales, mine also starts a long time ago; and is, of course, a family affair. In 1939 my grandfather Gino Sarfatti founded Arteluce, a company that – for the first time – introduced design to the lighting business.

In 1978 my father Riccardo went a step further: by creating Luceplan together with my mother Sandra Severi and architect Paolo Rizzatto, he linked design with technology and envisaged a new business model – working with specialized, talented and carefully handpicked industrial craftsmen – that became synonymous with “Made in Italy” quality and innovation. Both Arteluce and Luceplan created one icon after another, luminaires not only of timeless beauty but that also embed the meaning of evolution.

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ASTEP 2050 Pendant

In 1963, Franco Albini and Franca Helg started experimenting with plastics in lighting for Arteluce. Summoned by Gino Sarfatti to research the possibilities that new technologies and materials were providing, the two designers came up with a suspension lamp that summed up the two souls of the Arteluce brand: the love for glass, which they used for the opal diffuser, and the daring use of methacrylate, a (then new) lighter and more resistant material, perfect to interpret modernity by combining craftmanship and industry.
From $1,824.18 USD

ASTEP 2065 Pendant

A timeless masterpiece of lightness and elegance, Model 2065 is the result of Gino Sarfatti’s desire to experiment with materials. Gino Sarfatti came across methacrylate samples between 1949 and 1950.
From $1,897.44 USD

ASTEP SB Cinquantotto Pendant

Astep reintroduces a remarkable suspension light in handblown opal glass. For more than half a century, the SB Cinquantotto design has held a special place in the Sarfatti family, and now the time has come for the founder of Astep, Alessandro Sarfatti, to share its beauty. A characteristic shape, an original wire mounting and a timeless choice of materials make the SB Cinquantotto pendant from 1958 a true masterpiece for contemporary living.
From $945.05 USD
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