Riccardo Sarfatti was born in Milan on the 3rd April, 1940. He got his degree in Architecture at the Politecnico University of Milan in 1965; since 1968 he has been ordinary assistant lecturer at the Chair of Urbanology of the Politecnico University in Milan and since 1971 he has been lecturer in History of Architecture at the Architecture Faculty in Venice and, from 1979 to 1985, in Milan. He is the son of Gino Sarfatti, founder of Arteluce, one of the masters of the Italian lighting design. Besides the university activity, Riccardo Sarfatti has worked at Arteluce from 1964 to 1978. In 1979 he founded LUCEPLAN together with Paolo Rizzatto and Sandra Severi where he now acts as Managing Director officiating as General Manager. He is also President of companies connected to Luceplan which operate in the production and distribution fields of different geographic areas. During these years, Luceplan has imposed itself as one of the most significant companies of Italian design as far as innovation capacity and quality of proposals is concerned, receiving important international acknowledgements: three times it has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro of ADI (1981, 1989, 1994) and in 1994 it obtained the prestigious European Design Prize of the European Community. Riccardo Sarfatti has written various articles and essays published in qualified reviews and has taken part as speaker in conferences and discussions on design and lighting themes both in Italy and abroad. He is member of various associations (Assarredo, Federlegno, ANIE, ADI) where he holds important positions in managerial committees: since 1994 he represents the Italian manufacturers of decorative lighting at CELMA (Commercial European Lighting Manufacturer Association) and since 1997 he is President of Assoluce, the italian association of lighting manufacturers and Vice President of Federlegno-Arredo.