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Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp


Availability: Check Availability. Aluminum usually ships within 3-5 business days. Please allow 2-4 weeks for the Black version.


Material(s): Aluminum, Steel

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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.


  • Fully adjustable, articulated arm body structure in extruded, brilliant, polished aluminum.
  • Joints and tension control knobs in polished die-cast aluminum.
  • Tension cables in stainless steel.
  • 6" diameter diffuser in stamped, anodized matte aluminum, tiltable and 360° rotatable on lampholder, with incorporated on/off switch.
  • 9" diameter base in high polished die-cast aluminum.
  • Black model features a diffuser, lampholder, and arms in Black finish mixed with the base, hardware and fittings in Aluminum finish.

Material(s): Aluminum, Steel

Dimensions: 65.8"Max H X 39.4"Max Ext


Bulbs: 1 X 100W 120V medium base incandescent bulb (not included)

Listing: UL

Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.

Model(s): TLR0100 TLR0102

Michele de Lucchi

Born in Ferrara, Michele de Lucchi studied in Padua and in Florence, Italy, where he graduated in architecture in 1975. After completing his studies architecture, his friendship with Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini took him to Milan at the end of the Seventies, where he became one of the main activists in the provocative designer group Memphis. His approach to the creation of new styles in design helped to play an important role in the Memphis movement, but by the late 1980's, de Lucchi had moved on to more traditional designs. After working with Artemide to develop some of their lasting bestsellers, de Lucchi created his Produzione Privata label, which creates small series of his designs featuring exquisite craftsmanship.

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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.

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Sale Artemide

The Artemide Group, founded by Ernesto Gismondi in 1959, operates throughout the world and aims to satisfy all lighting needs by reinforcing its position as a world leader in the lighting industry. For more than forty years, Artemide has aimed to propose light as a companion to people, both as a source of physical pleasure as well as a mental comfort. Artemide showcases products capable of meeting people's multiple needs, while offering the light performance characteristics most suited to each moment of life. Artemide offers a production structure that can offer expertise in the processing of both traditional and modern materials. The vast range of designs reflects the commitment of Artemide to provide a product that is guaranteed with an image that is strong and consistent.

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Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5
How far can you lean?

Probably not as far as the Tolomeo Reading lamp. I purchased this lamp over the floor version to take advantage of its aggressive leaning position. It is an excellent light source to have when your project is all laid out on the floor. Please note that the lamp is a bit smaller than the floor lamp and it is best displayed over your favorite lounge chair or bed vs a large desk.

By:German H. , Designer (Greenlake, WA, USA)

5 out of 5
This a beautiful and versatile lamp

The tolomeo lamp is not only a design classic, but also such a versatile and useful source of light. We have one next to our couch as a reading lamp and one next to our bed for the same purpose. The service from Ylighting was fantastic, fast and their prices are as competitive as I could find on the web. Highly satisfied overall.

By:ACW , Renter (New York, NY, USA)

1 out of 5
Beware - Design Flaw

I LOVE the Tolomeo. I own the Mega, 2 of the classic table and 1 clamp on. But the reading lamp has a serious design flaw due to the amount of stress placed on the aluminum at the point of the base. Because of it's ability to flex right at that point it causes the aluminum to shear in two - rendering it useless.
Buyer beware.

By:Jonathan , Designer (Portland)

5 out of 5
Modern no nonsense lamp!

I love Artemide because of the design. My home interior is partly modern and partly classic. The Artemide lamps are perfect in both interiors.

The joint of the Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp I have is broken! Can anybody tell me if it possible to by a new joint?

By:Sander , Homeowner (Curacao)

5 out of 5
Best reading lamp ever!

By:Javier B. , Homeowner (New York)

5 out of 5
Beautiful and practical high-quality fixture!

We loved our first one so much, we had to get another. This is such a versatile piece, and blends with many a decor. A true modern classic.

By:Terri D. , Homeowner (Pennsylvania)

5 out of 5
Great design and love the brushed aluminum finish

As a designer, I love to see all types of home furnishings that have intrinsically good design, and the Tolomeo lamp is one of those wonderful pieces. I've been wanting one for a long time and am quite pleased that I made the purchase. It looks great, with it's brushed aluminum finish, and is a nice contrast to wood, leather, glass and stone finishes.
YLighting is a very good site, easy to use, and the shipping is handled very well. If you've been thinking about buying this lamp, now is the time!

By:Mary P. , Designer (Vancouver, BC)

5 out of 5
Looks great with our Eams chairs!

I purchased two of these lamps in black and they are the perfect size to go with our black leather and cherry Eams loung chairs. My husband loves them!

By:Mary H. , Homeowner (Pelham, Ma)

4 out of 5
Worth it—looks great.

Great lamp. Packed with recyclable materials; easy to assemble; lightweight; very adjustable. Casts light beautifully for reading... a 100W bulb may even be too bright for some readers. Only (small) complaint is that some of the component parts were carelessly injection-molded and show a visible "ridge"... a shame for such a well-designed piece.

By:ylightingfan , Homeowner (Brooklyn, NY)

4 out of 5
Modern & Cool but Intimate

No mess with power cable. easy to assemble and use. Taste of Italian design could contribute to improve the mood of living room.

By:T W , Renter (New York)

5 out of 5
modernized classic reading floor lamp

Solid and simple designed with elagent figure and funtional structure, durable for generations.

By:Hwa Wen H. , Homeowner (Eugene OR)

5 out of 5
Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp

I love this light.

Perfect height for bedroom reading use. Light position movement is easy and smooth. The base is heavy and secure. The aluminum colouring is subtle for a clean modern room.

I loved this light so much I bought another!
Thanks to the designer.


By:Victoria S. , Homeowner (Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario Canada)

4 out of 5

great floor lamp - excellent scale and design. love it!


4 out of 5
Love it!!

Love the design. great size and perfect light!!

By:Jessica E. , Homeowner (Florida)

4 out of 5
Stunning piece of lighting architecture

We bought the Tolomeo Reading floor lamp for our difficult dormer'd guest room with its complex roof-line hoping that it would be able to fit in and move around the low slung sloping ceiling. This lovely, visually minimal, streamlined piece is perfect for providing excellent light in this difficult room, admits easy manoeuvrability around the low sloping ceiling with many plane changes. It looks great and feels very good although I don't feel confident leaving the arm slung out far for fear that the tension in the string will not be sufficient to provide sufficient counterbalance to the long lever arm when the head is pulled out far. I do pull it out when I need to - but never leave the head pulled out when I leave the room for fear that it may actually get pulled down and the head hit the floor.

By:Leena , Homeowner (Boston)

3 out of 5
modern look

It was very easy to assemble. The silver one has a white tone.

By:Grace , Homeowner (MA)

4 out of 5
Love it.

Love this design. So simple and beautiful. Uses regular light bulb so that's easy. Also easy to put together. I have 4 now!

By:Mimsy , Homeowner (New York, NY US)

5 out of 5
Classic yet modern

The floor lamp looks so cool in our family room, next to the chair that I sit in to read. It completes our contemporary home perfectly. The quality seems solid and robust (it's still pretty new so I don't know how it will hold up over the years). I love it!

By:Ed L. , Homeowner (Los Altos, CA)

4 out of 5
Looks Great

A great piece, unobtrusive yet very striking. I wish it was a little bit more sturdy. There is some clearance where the rod inserts into the base making it a little bit wobbly.

By:Adam A. , Homeowner (DC)

3 out of 5
Serves its purpose

Needed better assembly instructions like tightening joints to your preference. I didn't know and found the 'arms' very loose and unsafe after assembling until my husband figured out that it needed tightening.

By:Julie W. , Homeowner (New York, NY)

4 out of 5
Love my new reading lamp

The design is great, it was very easy to assembly, and it look great in my room.
The light is perfect for reading.

By:Marina , Homeowner (Mexico City)

5 out of 5
Timeless classic - quality construction

This version of the Tolomeo lamp is as iconic as the full sized desktop version, but makes the perfect complement for a chairside lamp for both commercial applications (lobby) as well as home (living room, bedside). The single hinge emulates the table top lamp (the next size up has two hinges), and maintains the iconic design of the original with a taller profile without disturbing the designs other proportions.

By:Michael N. , Designer (Palo Alto, CA)

5 out of 5
Awesome lamp


By:Swatch , Renter

5 out of 5
Classic design

Modern classic!

By:Kartage , Renter

5 out of 5
great product!

Amazing lamp. Highly recommend.

By:Mark G. , Designer (NYC)

5 out of 5

great reading lamp and all around task lamp.

By:Mark G. , Designer (NEW YORK)

5 out of 5

Great all around reading lamp and task lamp! Highly recommend!

By:Mark , Designer (NYC )

5 out of 5

Form meets function. Great reading lamp! Highly recommend!

By:m_rk , Designer (LIC)

5 out of 5
Beautiful and Functional

I enjoy reading and wanted a lamp that was bright and easy to adjust. The Tolomeo lamp is perfect. I paid a little extra for the black finish, and I love the way it blends in with my furniture. I had no trouble putting it together, and it was ready to use in a couple of minutes. This lamp will definitely be one of the pieces that I will bring with me when I'm ready to downsize to a smaller place.

By:Victoria M. , Homeowner (New Jersey)

5 out of 5
Love it!

I wanted something sleek and minimalist to go with my new Eames Chair and Ottoman in my Loft apartment and this worked just perfectly - thank you!

By:Anne Marie K. , Renter

1 out of 5
Great design - bad fabrication.

We have had 2 of these lamps, both have broken at the base. When we lifted the lamp, we cradled the base so that should not have strained the pivot. The base metal appears pitted and cheap where it sheared.

By:Terry , Architect (Cincinnati)

5 out of 5
Excellent reading lamp!

I purchased this lamp for my employer. He is 90 years old and loves to sit in his library and read. His eyesight is poor, so he needs strong illumination on the pages. A year ago I bought this model as wall lamps for either side of his bed and he loved how easily they move and position over his reading - the articulation is great. So when it came time for a new floor lamp in his study, we bought another Tolomeo. The first one that arrived did not work, but Y-Lighting immediately replaced it. In the black finish it recedes and has a clean simple look. He is delighted that he can now read in his library as easily as in his bed.

By:NBM , Homeowner (Washington, D.C. area)

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