YLighting shipped my lamp promptly and connecting the shade and arm to its 9" base was a snap. I have my Tolomeo on the desk in my home office. Its hinged design allows me to direct light wherever I need it, and nowhere else. Plus, it makes a drop-dead gorgeous companion to the MacBook Pro I work at.
Here's a hint: A standard 100 watt bulb emits a lot of heat and leaves the shade warm to the touch -- a compact fluorescent bulb will provide the same brightness and leave the shade (and you) cool.
The Tolomeo is pricey. But if you can afford it -- or have a stimulus check burning a hole in your pocket -- I highly recommend that you grace your desk or home office with this lamp.
By:Satisfied C. , Renter (Alexandria, VA)
I've been a fan of Artemide lighting for some time now, and also love my Tizio. I had a hard time deciding between the Tolomeo Micro, Mini or Classic, but went for the full size Classic in the end. I'm pleased with this decision, but it's definitely a large desk lamp and not suitable for a small desk or office. You can alter the brightness of the lamp through use of different bulbs, however I would love this lamp just a bit more if it had two levels like the Tizio, or perhaps a dimmer switch...
By:Alex , Homeowner (Vancouver, BC)
My wife and I are very pleased with our purchase of these two lamps for our bedside. Before finalising our order we had compared a large number of similar products -- in terms of quality, finish, convenience and price. After using our new lamps for over two weeks, we remain convinced that we made the right choice.
By:ARUN A. , Homeowner (Washington DC, USA)
I appreciate the sophisticated design, with a matching quality of materials. The lamp is very light, the base is very heavy, and the weight of each is proper for the function served. Also, the finish of the lamp looks as though it will last indefinitely. The product was well packaged and shipping was prompt with no mishaps.
By:Jeffrey C B. , Homeowner (Englewood, Ohio)
These lamps are so flexible and attractive. They move fluidly but hold their position. The light can be focused upwards or downwards or any where in between- the head rotates 180 degrees. I have two- a full size and a mini, and I love them both.
By:Corwin L. , Homeowner (Portland, OR)
This is a classic lamp that will look good for many years.
By:WILLIAM L. , Designer (Tustin, CA Orange County)
The Tolomeo Classic, a wonderful table lamp whose simplicity of design and striking beauty ensures that it will never go out of style.
By:JOSE V. , Homeowner (Fort Pierce, Florida, USA)
I'm using the Tolomeo Classic table lamp with the desk clamp base. Having had other simple desk lamps in the past, I had no idea the gravity-defying positions I'd be able to contort the Tolomeo into. I'm a graphic designer, so on any given day I may be sketching in my notebook, assembling paste-ups, or working on the computer well into the night, and the Tolomeo has illuminated it all with great grace.
By:Matt T. , Homeowner (Mobile, AL)
This lamp is worth every penny -- beautifully constructed, holds its position, easy to put together.
By:Christine , Homeowner (California, USA)
It functions and sits pretty on my wife's home office desk!
We also have two mini classic in our bedrooms.
By:David C. , Architect (Long Island City, NY)
I actually ordered the "classic" table lamp first and it turned out to be way too large for a 50 inch desk. I now have the Micro Tolomeo Desk Lamp and it is perfect. The classic is a large lamp and needs a large space. Check dimensions before you order. In terms of the product, it is beautiful, functional, and looks great in almost any setting.
By:Susan F. , Homeowner (N. Arlington)
High quality material and workmanship, excellent design, especially as you can position the lamp head smoothly into a vast number of positions. Can accommodate a 26 watt spiral fluorescent bulb, supplying sufficient foot-lamps for a task lamp. This is a major common flaw for most so called "desk task lamps".
Spiral is much much cooler, so you can position the lamp-head very close to your work, and use a 20 watt spiral fluorescent bulb instead.
Also like the opening in the top of the shade to supply a small amount of ambient light up towards ceiling, although I would like the opening to have been larger.
To keep costs down, lamp base is only in polished aluminum.. chrome looking to me, and it appears to be
scratched super easily, so I avoid placing anything on the 9 inch diameter stand.
I would like available matching bases for the black lamp, white lamp, or one to match the dull aluminum shade, or a rubber covered one to match the power chord.
Also..a great marketing idea would be to sell flat circle covers with a center cut out and a short slit behind the circle to change the covers of the base to fit the lamp, or one's desk decor. I plan to make my own cover.
Finally, this lamp's arm reach is long enough to use on a night stand for reading while sitting up in your bed. It is large enough to replace a floor reading lamp, by having it on a table next to your favorite reading chair. Plug the lamp into a dimmer, and use a incandescent bulb, and it can be used as well as a low light nightstand lamp, but I wouldn't do that, as we all should go green, eventually you won;t be able to buy incandescent bulbs, and, I enjoy the lack of heat.
By:Len G. , Homeowner (Schenectady, NY)
We bought them for a graduation presents for our grandchildren. They like them a lots and think they are cool. They are very well made and target the light really well.
By:gratia S. , Homeowner (Ohio)
I love the design. The weight of the base makes it very stable.
It is large enough and so easily adjusted as to give light where ever is needed in my corner "L" shaped desk in my study. I have not experienced problems with shadows or glare on my paper work.
The pricing was a bit confusing.
By:Barb , Homeowner (DE)
I just purchased several classic Tolomeo Table lamps so that I could have different reading/working area. These lamps are beautiful in addition to being very functional. Highly recommended.
By:valerie , Homeowner (Greenwich, CT)
The product is great. It arrived in perfect condition and the customer is very happy.
By:Melissa M. , Designer (Olathe, KS)
I purchased an Artimede Tolomeo desk lamp. Then I purchased five or so more. Great lamp. Perfect for readers.
By:Anonymous Reader , Homeowner (Washington, DC)
This is an elegantly simple, practical design. The arm articulates beatifully to any reasonable reading position. The base is extremely heavy and stable. Quality is superb. I would purchase this again, even at the high price.
By:Jerry , Homeowner (New Orleans)
built tough, classic modern style
By:Rory M. , Homeowner (San Francisco, CA)
Function and beauty, everything that a wife of an architect desires in a lamp! (He loves it too.) The Tolomeo is a great reading/bedside light. It's thoughtful design allows it to move with fluidity and stability into endless positions. Due to its height, it arches perfectly over a bed, putting the light exactly where you need it in order to read. Love how thin and unobtrusive it appears on a table.
By:Designer's Wife , Homeowner (Columbus, Ohio)
The Tolomeo Classic Table Lamp is exactly what you need in a task light!
Clean simple design, high quality materials, - a long adjustable arm makes it easy to cover a large work surface.
Practical and Stylish!
Use a spiral fluorescent bulb instead of a incandescent light bulb. It saves energy and the shade stays cool.
By:Anja (San Diego, Ca)
I bought the polished aluminium color. Assembled in no time. Every feature was well thought out and looks great on the desk. Buy the base with the lamp. Very high overall satisfaction.
By:Roderick T. , Homeowner (San Mateo, California, USA)
A solid desk lamp that has clean lines and good, directed light. Excellent lamp to use when you have a large computer display. Tolomeo Classic is better for directed light; Tolomeo with shade is better for ambient light. YLighting service was professional and helpful.
By:Kenny N. , Homeowner (New York, NY)
This lamp has a great contemporary feel, and we love that we can pivot the head to highlight artwork or to function as a reading lamp.
By:J.O. , Homeowner (Brooklyn NY)
This light, as modern as it looks, works so well in different settings. The design of it let's it either shine on it's own or blend quietly in its setting. In addition, the flexibility to direct light in different directions make is a truly versatile fixture.
By:Jeffrey C. , Designer (New York, NY)
The lamp looks great and works well, however, a particular piece to be assembled in order to prevent the lamp from turning too far to the right or the left doesn't seem to fit. It took weeks for the manufacturer to respond by email.
By:Marlane , Homeowner (New Mexico)
The lamp looks great, but there was some slight damage on the diffuser even though I bought the lamp brand new. Also, the arm isn't strong enough to support the weight of the Philips A19 AmbientLED light bulb (which is fairly heavy), I had to tighten the arm knobs a lot.
The lamp is also now made in Hungry, which really isn't that big of a deal, but kind of upsetting.
By:Shannin C. , Homeowner (Buffalo, NY)
This is indeed an extraordinary lamp. It is beautiful in design, extremely sturdy and well made and exactly the right size for our use, which is as a night-stand lamp. It is easily adjusted to virtually any angle and it takes a bright enough bulb to make reading comfortable. A really excellent piece!!
By:Ewa G. , Homeowner (Dudley, MA USA)
This is the second Tolomeo Classic Table Lamp that I have purchased. The one I have is still as beautiful as when it was first purchase. It is a great looking lamp that gives off great light. I purchased the Tolomeo with the 9" base as I feel that it provides stability and can easily be moved.
By:Carole , Designer (Indiana)
This is an excellent lamp. The Classic is better suited for a night stand or VERY large desk. The mini is better for a normal size desk. Emits very nice light.
By:Jam , Homeowner (Hamptons)
After doing much research regarding work/study desk lamps for my 16 year old daughter, we decided to purchase the Tolomeo Classic Table Lamp. It filled all the criteria- great design, functional and versatile on a large desk. Our house is modern but the timeless look of this lamp would fit into any style or decor.
By:Jerome L. , Designer
This lamp is a timeless classic design piece that works well for the use in an office environment and for the home desk.
By:Julie B. , Architect (St Louis)
By:Mtn M. , Homeowner (Houston, TX)
My husband bought me the silver large version of this lamp for my office. I saw it online, but really wasn't as hyped about it as he was. Then he set it up and I was Wow'd by it! It's clean, linear, and sleek color are hard not to like. The base even though shiny has great texture with the striations and adds to the cool brushed metal lines of the piece. He made the right call and I'm super stoked each day that I turn it on...it's a work of art in a simple modern way. Also, a side note: I was watching Rizzoli & Isles on TNT & guess what light they had on all the officer's desk....you got it, my lamp!! I was like a proud Momma!! (thanks to my husband--of course!)
By:Lori H. , Homeowner (Brandenburg, KY)
Have many of these lamps because they work anywhere and everywhere; always look great; function superbly...Been my "go-to" lamp for a long long time!
By:Aonam , Homeowner (Honolulu)
By:Taylor W. , Designer (SAN FRANCISCO)
Excellent fit and finish ... Well made and sturdy, but it glides to adjust to desired viewing area ... Accepts daylight fluorescent lightbulbs to make reading pleasant and even soothing.
5 Stars ... The best of its type out there!
By:Edwin B. , Homeowner (Belmar, NJ)
I will have all of the tolomeo lamps if it's the last thing i do! they go with everything!
By:Stephen K. , Renter (san francisco)
We, as a company, absolutely love this product. We have ordered now 5 of the Tolemeo lamps for our Executive offices. We started off with one and more and more execs wanted a lamp for their office. It has become the new Equinox "standard" desk lamp.
Thank you for supplying such a beautiful lamp, and keep them coming!
By:Ashley H. , Designer (New York)
Carefully researched and very pleased with the investment. Nice design. Very large but in a good way. Makes a real presence in a room. Buy this one and you won't regret it.
By:Phil B. , Homeowner (Wisconsin)
Researched this for a few years and finally took the plunge and have NO regrets. Very attractive and practical lamp. It is large, as indicated, but that gives more flexibility for me. Someone with a small desk may want to look at the smaller version. Would easily buy this again.
By:Phil B. , Homeowner (Milwaukee, WI)
Sometimes a true classic is the way to go. This was the perfect lamp for my desk and it looks perfect.
Great service from YLighting.
By:Lew , Homeowner (New York, NY)
This a great buy. The lamp is really beautiful but also functional and great for office work! I would highly recommend it.
By:Mary D. , Homeowner (La Jolla, CA, USA)
I have owned two Tolomeo reading lamps for many years and they have been incredible in terms of function and appearance. When it came time to look for a new task lamp for my work table, I naturally turned to the Tolomeo line. I am totally satisfied with my lamp: the span of the fixture is perfect for the size of my table. It looks great and is a perfect addition to my studio.
By:Patricia , Architect (New York State)
After many years of seeing Tolomeo lamps in private homes and workplaces, and advising others to purchase them, I finally purchased one for myself. My only regret is not having purchased it earlier! It adds a sophistication and elegance to my office, where it sits atop my large glass desk and completely illuminates it. My previous lamp is pathetic in comparison, only generating enough light for 1/3 of the desk. Somehow, I tolerated that for years.
The installation is simple, as is the operation. I am also impressed with the quality of the materials and the solid feel of the switch. This lamp is as finely crafted as a medical instrument would be. Beyond its current incarnation as a table/desk lamp, this lamp is extensible to a floor-standing lamp with the purchase of an optional extender. I plan to leave mine on my desk, but now that I've taken the plunge, I intend to purchase others for other rooms in the house.
If you have been thinking about purchasing an eye-catching, classically-styled and sophisticated lamp, you won't be disappointed with choosing the Tolomeo!
By:FogDog , Designer (San Francisco, CA)
This lamp has a sculptural quality that goes beyond a traditional desk or task light. Highest recommendation for beauty and functionality.
By:Jessica M , Designer (NYC)