"I designed Tolomeo in 1986. Or maybe I should say I invented it, when the idea for a new mechanism actually came before the lamp itself was created", says the Italian designer, Michele De Lucchi. He designed Artemide's Tolomeo lamp together with his colleague, Giancarlo Fassina, and the lamp became an instant bestseller. The designers wanted to combine traditional "arm lamps" with innovative technologies and materials. Today, Tolomeo can be seen all over the world, in private homes, offices, hotels - even on film sets.
Artemide was founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi and is based in Pregnana Milanese, Italy. The brand has showrooms all over the world, is distributed in 98 countries and several of the brand's lamps are exhibited in a large number of museums for modern art and design collections.
Artemide has contributed to design history with several designs. Besides Eclisse , too Tolomeo (1989, from Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina), Beep (2004, from Herzog & De Meuron) and IN-EI Collection (2014, Issey Miyake), all shown at the Compasso D'oro Awards.
In 1994, Artemide received the "Compaso D'oro" career award, the European Design Award in 1997 and the "Leonardo Italian Quality Prize" in 2012.
Dimensions: L 45 x W 17 x H 37 cm
Material: Aluminium, steel
Designer: Michele De Lucchi, Giancarlo Fassina / Artemide
Model: Tolomeo, black