embracing the new while maintaining the utmost reverence for what has been
Astep creates and curates lighting objects that honor and advance the evolution of lighting. Taking lighting in new, innovative directions requires understanding and respect for tradition. With a foundation of experience, future-oriented outlook and passion for lighting design which has been nurtured in the Sarfatti family for three generations, Astep builds on this with new knowledge and an open mind in a continued quest for substance and meaningful design.
The meaning of the company’s name, Astep, indicates the necessary motion of a never-ending journey of evolution. It points to a move towards the creation of something that’s better, more substantial and more worthwhile. This exciting maker represents an admiration for timeless inventions: objects that retain their edge and their capacity to affect our lives, advancing the manner in which we live.
Astep also celebrates the work of both modernist era and contemporary designers who have focused on new technology developments to enhance modern living and carry the tradition of intelligent experimentation.
Flos with Sarfatti Collection
The Flos with Sarfatti capsule collection is a tribute to Gino Sarfatti, the leading Italian master of lighting design, who had designed over 600 fixtures between 1939 and 1973. With a constant dedication to research and innovation, he introduced new typologies, functions and light sources from fluorescent tubes to the first halogens. Many of his designs still appear remarkably contemporary in terms of form, aesthetics, and the relationship they establish with the observer.
With great respect for Gino Sarfatti’s cultural legacy and in a shared mission of design innovation, Astep and Flos explore the wide-ranging Arteluce collection in order to selectively reissue and reintroduce a selection of luminaires with a highly contemporary design expression.