Astep strives to explore new possibilities to advance the relationship between people and their homes, respecting the meaning of evolution in design. By creating and curating meaningful design objects, Astep honors the vivid tradition of Italian design by focusing on creating the New while continuing the life of timeless works that were born from the same forward-thinking attitude and maintain a capacity to affect and enlighten our lives today. To be innovative, one must understand and respect tradition. They combine the experience, knowledge and future-oriented outlook, that has been nurtured in the Sarfatti family for three generations, with the newest technology and likeminded, visionary designers of the present.
‘In late 1973, my grandfather Gino Sarfatti sold his company, Arteluce, to Flos, a company renowned for artisanal lighting by the most influential designers of our times. Now, Flos and I have joined forces in selecting and reviving some of the Gino Sarfatti masterpieces that have fallen out of attention over the years, but seem more relevant and essential than ever.’ – Alessandro Sarfatti, founder of Astep
The Flos with Sarfatti collection is a tribute to Gino Sarfatti who designed over 600 lamps between 1939 and 1973 and is renowned for his contribution to the modern architectural movement in lighting. Under the name ‘Flos with Sarfatti’, Astep and Flos will continue to explore and reintroduce the work of lighting master Gino Sarfatti.
Astep is the sole worldwide distributor of the Flos with Sarfatti Collection.
Baobab Collection first saw the light of day in 2002, in the enchanting landscape of Tanzania, a country rich in intense colors and bewitching perfumes. The collections are inspired by faraway spaces and wild nature but it is in Belgium that the new creations are dreamed up, a small country recognized for its creativity, know-how and minimal chic. Baobab Collection stays true to its values of craftsmanship and excellence. The raw materials are selected with the greatest care and of European origin, candles are hand-poured into glass that is hand-blown by master craftsmen, making each one completely unique. BaoBab Collection's candle creations are tales waiting to be discovered, sensory experiences that are the result of exquisite perfumes and aesthetic design.
Ceccotti Collezioni, based at Cascina in Tuscan Italy, introduced its name to the furniture production industry in the late 1950s. Known for its high-quality Italian furniture, the collection is inspired by smooth shapes and an artfully modern presence. Ceccotti takes a traditional approach to the manufacture of furniture, favoring the methods of the craftsman more than those of the machine. Ceccotti pieces are modern in respect of their simplicity of line yet are distinguished by what can only be described as a curvaceous elegance that takes them out of the ordinary and places them at a level of extreme desirability.
When Sé began in 2007, director and founder Pavlo Schtakleff had a goal – to reclaim the glamour and quality of 20th century furniture and to become a dynamic and innovative presence in the world of contemporary luxury design. Sé’s vision was to invite some of the world’s best design talent to produce collections, akin to an art gallery or a couture house, the ultimate object being to build a catalogue of highly-crafted and beautifully-finished objects, made of the finest, noble materials, by the best craftspeople in Europe. With timeless forms, a curvaceous aesthetic and a spirit of play, Sé pieces are now feted for their characterful, sculptural profiles, and their ability to captivate the senses.
It all started in 2010, when Marta Marin, a sinologist and passionate connoisseur of Chinese culture, came across an ancient and unique product in “her own” China: a duvet filled with countless overlapping layers of finest, hand-made silk, the result of a thousand year-old tradition passed down from mother to daughter which is now at risk. An amazing product of great lightness, softness and warmness, a cuddle for one's mind and soul. This led to an innovative and contemporary collection of pure silk filled duvets that they combined with the typically Italian craftsmanship of the bedding selection made of precious cotton, linen, silk and bamboo blends, which are garment dyed and turned into light, soft and comfy items to clothe your bed with a refined palette of colors.