Gino Sarfatti designed the Astral series for Lightolier in 1954. The collection included the Astral, the Skyrocket, the Sparkler and the Mobile. Interestingly, these lights predated the Russian launch of the Sputnik 1 by three years.
The most popular of the four were the Astral, a pendant which had 12 arms, a ball center and was 14" high, and the Skyrocket, a considerably larger flush-mounted model with a cone-shaped center and 16 arms, which measured 33" in diameter and was 9.5" high. By the time Lightolier ceased production of the Astral line in 1959, dozens of knockoffs were being sold, and copycats are still being manufactured today.
|Astral by Gino Sarfatti for Lightolier|
|Skyrocket by Gino Sarfatti for Lightolier|
I did considerable searching for images of the other two but had no success. I did, however find this photo, which was identified as a Lightolier Sputnik with 24 branches. The dimensions were listed as 39" diameter and 28" high. While similar to the smaller Astral, this model has a different ceiling mount. I have no way of knowing whether this is the Sparkler or the Mobile...or neither.
|Unidentified Lightolier chandelier|
From 1000 Lights: 1878 to 1959 by Charlotte Fiell