February 24, 2015

TOLOMEO-lamps, all colors


The Tolomeo by Artemide sure is no flash-in-the-pan.   As one of the most beloved icons of modern design; the Tolomeo has captured the limelight of architects, interior designers and home-owners alike since its introduction in 1989.  It continues to be one of the most popular desk lamps more than 20 years after it was released.  The Tolomeo desk lamp is an icon of Italian modern design unlike any other.   Tolomeo was designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1986 for the Artemide lighting company.  In its original configuration (still available from Stardust), it consists of a heavy base, two straight polished aluminum arm sections (each approximately 45 cm long), and a matte aluminum reflector head which can swivel 360°. Steel tension cables attached to springs hidden inside the arms complete the constant-tension structure.  It won the Compasso d'Oro design prize in 1989. This uber-functional Artemide table lamp is a Stardust Staff Pick.