Astep follows a family tradition of timeless Italian lighting design. It creates new products for the home – objects that give digital technologies a more meaningful standing in domestic life.
Honoring evolution in design, Astep also re-edits iconic objects: timeless works by Gino Sarfatti and Vittoriano Viganò that were born from the same optimistic forward-thinking attitude that continues to inspire us today.
Astep is a design company that brings to the domestic landscape, the experience, knowledge and the future-oriented outlook that has been nurtured in founder Alessandro Sarfatti's family for three generations, and bridges it with the latest developments in digital technologies.
The 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.
For generations, the Sarfatti family has been closely linked to design and considered lighting solutions. In 1939, Alessandro's grandfather Gino Sarfatti founded Arteluce, a company that – for the first time – introduced design to the lighting business.
In 1978 Alessandro's parents, Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi went a step further: by creating Luceplan together with architect Paolo Rizzatto. Riccardo linked design with technology and envisaged a new business model – working with specialised, 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.