Design by Michele De Lucchi, Giancarlo Fassina.
In 1989, when the Tolomeo table/task was given the Compasso d'Oro award for Italian industrial design it was credited with having achieved the perfect marriage between design and engineering that works together in total "sync" to materialize an idea and create the perfect object for industrial production. Since then, the Tolomeo's award-winning design, engineering and performance features have been further refined in a complete series of models for table, floor, wall, track and suspension application.
The Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp features a fully adjustable, articulated arm body structure in extruded, brilliant, polished aluminum. Joints and tension control knobs are polished die-cast aluminum with tension cables in stainless steel. The tiltable diffuser is made of stamped, anodized matte aluminum and rotates 360° on the lampholder. On/off switch is incorporated into the diffuser. The base is made of high polished die-cast aluminum. The available Black model features a diffuser, lampholder, and arms in Black mixed with the base, hardware and fittings in Aluminum finish.
Material(s): Aluminum, steel
Bulbs: 1 X 100W 120V medium base incandescent bulb (not included)
Quality; sharp looks
By: Divina P., Homeowner (San Diego)
I already own a silver Tolomeo reading lamp, so it was an easy decision to choose another one for a vacation home. The lamp is versatile, looks great with a range of styles, and feels solid. I chose the black, which looks wonderful against the silver base. The item came well packed in two boxes and was very easy to put together. I like how you can move the column and head around for task or mood lighting. It is a "working lamp"--probably won't be the conversation piece in the room but does its job simply and beautifully.
Awesome, space-saving functional lamp!
By: Patrick, Homeowner (New York, NY, USA)
I purchased the black lamp for my small studio, to use as a reading lamp over my small couch. It's very stylish (Black on aluminum), has a sturdy base, and is easy to move around, and swing away from the couch when I don't need. The lines (especially in black) make it take up very little visual space. I'm a big fan.
Modern sleek lamp
By: Eun L. (LA, CA)
Really hard to go wrong with this lamp as it does everything and so much more it is supposed to. Very well-built as it has a very stable base.
Designer: Michele De Lucchi
Born in 1951 in Ferrara, Italy, Michele De Lucchi studied in Padua and Florence, graduating with his architectural degree in 1975. A prominent symbol in experimental architecture, Michele De Lucchi was well known in the Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis movements. Not only has he designed lighting fixtures and furniture for the most prominent producers in Europe, he has developed many theories of the evolution of the workplace, and accomplished "experimental products" for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.
In 1973 Michele De Lucchi partnered with other designers and architects to create Cavert, which was considered a radical design group during that time. Kartell discovered his artistry in 1978 and hired him in Milan to design for Centrokappa. He later met up with Ettore Sottsass and joined the Studio Alchimia designers. Between his many creations he became a design consultant for Olivetti in 1979. In 1990 Michele De Lucchi founded a small lighting company, Produzione Privata, to produce lighting that could disregard the requirements of mass production and be made by craftsmen using traditional techniques.View other products by Michele De Lucchi
Designer: Giancarlo Fassina
Giancarlo Fassina was born and raised in Milan, Italy. He obtained a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico University in Milan and has worked on several projects involving Industrial Design and has created lighting for Artemide, Luceplan, to name a few. He is a recipient of the Compasso D'oro award for his Tolomeo Series of lamps which he designed together with Michelle de Lucchi.
His work and experiences in different product industrial sectors have allowed him focus his design on projecting lamps & planning and furnishing exhibitions as well as museums. He has collaborated with some of the most important companies in the lighting sector, Luceplan included, for which he projected the lamp Birzi together with Carlo Forcolini.View other products by Giancarlo Fassina
The Artemide Group was founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in 1959. Artemide offers not only lamps for moments of relaxation at home, but also large sophisticated installations for illuminating public and private professional activities. Technological and productive expertise is achieved through research and developement centers, with product planning and engineering, laboratories for technical conformity and self-certification tests, and production units equipped with state-of- the-art processes. A production structure that can offer expertise in the processing of traditional materials such as glass, as well as the capacity of innovation with novel materials, such as titanium. The vast range of options reflects the commitment of the whole organization to provide a product guaranteed by the Artemide brand, throughout the world, with an image that is strong and consistent: that of a leader in the lighting field.
Renowned lighting series issued by Artemide include the versatile Tizio and Tolomeo, Logico, Melampo, Castore, and color-changing Metamorfosi. Other design classics that Artemide still produces include the unique Boalum, Nesso and Fatto. Over the years, many designers have created beautiful works of lighting art for Artemide, including Michele De Lucchi, Livio Castiglioni, Gianfranco Frattini, Vico Magistretti, Richard Sapper and Giancarlo Fassina. More recently, Ron Rezek's line of practical and affordable designs, including many wall sconces, bath lights and mirrors was acquired by Artemide.View other products from Artemide