Artemide Tolomeo

Giancarlo Fassina, Michele de Lucchi

This classic design lamp by Michele de Lucchi scores with
adjustable arms and efficient light suitable for any situation.

Tolomeo by Artemide is one of the world's most popular designer lamps, designed in 1987 by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina. It is one of the most successful lights from the traditional Artemide brand and is a classic of Italian light design. The collection today includes numerous variants for different applications in the office or at home.

Tolomeo has won several important design awards: the iF Product Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award and the prestigious Compasso d’Oro.

Characteristic of the Tolomeo design are the flexibly adjustable aluminum structure with articulated arms and spring system, as well as the conical shade. The light of the Tolomeo can be adjusted flexibly, because firstly the head can be turned, secondly the articulated arms can be adjusted as required and hold every position stable thanks to the spring-loaded system. Thanks to this convincing functionality, but also thanks to the minimalist elegance of the design, the success of the Tolomeo lamp is unbroken even after more than thirty years.

Tolomeo was originally designed as a desk lamp, but the collection now also includes a large number of models for other areas of application that carefully change and further develop the original design.

The desk lamp with the small aluminum shade exists today in four sizes: the smallest version Micro, the larger versions Midi and Mini as well as the original size. There are also several versions with a larger shade made of parchment paper or silk satin, including the Tolomeo Mega collection and the lights from the Tolomeo Basculante series with a swinging shade. Thanks to their homely character, they are perfect for living rooms and bedrooms. The Tolomeo Lettura reading lights, the Tolomeo Parete wall lights, the compact Tolomeo Faretto wall spotlights and the Tolomeo Pinza clip lights transfer the timeless, functional Tolomeo design to other areas of application, so that Tolomeo can take on almost any task in private living rooms, in public submissions or in office buildings. With Tolomeo Sospensione there is also a range of pendant lights that illuminate workplaces or dining tables.

In addition to models for interchangeable lamps, there are also versions with permanently installed LEDs and some with other useful lighting functions: the "Tunable White" technology for setting the color temperature or a motion sensor system that automatically switches the lamp off and thus saves electricity.

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Giancarlo Fassina
Giancarlo Fassina

For Artemide he has designed among others the Aggregato suspension and, together with Michele de Lucchi, the world famous Tolomeo collection.

Michele de Lucchi
Michele de Lucchi

By creating the Artemide Tolomeo lamp and as co-founder of the Memphis group, the designer and architect has been influential for Italian design.