I can't say enough about the Gatto table lamp. THough initially I was a bit hesitant to buy it because I thought that it might look like a cheap Chhinatown Japanese globe lamp...all that changed when I took it out of the box. The material (a plastic polymer) is like nothing you've felt, and it looks beautiful. The construction is solid, and the light it emits is soft yet radiant (though I replaced the 60w bulb included with a much more alluring 25w bulb. I still think it is a bit expensive, but I have to admint this is more sculpture than lamp!
By:Vitali , Homeowner (New York)
The gatto is a piece of lighted sculpture and a masterpiece of design. However, the skin is very frail and weak in resisting tensile stresses in the longitudinal direction. It arrived with a 12" long vertical crack. YLighting was fantastic about sending me a replacement immediately. However, the replacement ALSO had a crack, albeit a much smaller one (about 1.5"). I have to say that YLighting's customer service has been VERY responsive and helpful. However, I cannot recommend this lamp until FLOS improves the material so that the reinforcing fibers are integral with the outside skin, which will help immensely toward resisting the tendency to crack. Right now the backing fibers are separate from the frail skin.
(The George Nelson lamps are a much stronger product.) That being said, I will buy this lamp once it is improved because the design by Achille Castiglioni is unparalleled!
By:Arielle S. , Architect
I am a new homeowner and debated for over a year and a half on whether to purchase this light. I knew it would work perfectly as an accent in my living room, but itÃ¢Â€Â™s so expensive (you can buy so much with the amount of money that this light will cost you) and of course it never goes on sale. Finally Ylighting had an open box sale, so I just went for it.
I have to reiterate that the Gatto Table Lamp is expensive, but after seeing it in person, and especially after seeing it in my house, I donÃ¢Â€Â™t regret the purchase. The light is beautiful Ã¢Â€Â“ gorgeous, really. It looks fantastic both on and off. And itÃ¢Â€Â™s classic so it will never go out of style.
FYI, FLOS also includes a 5-minute video on how their cocoon lights are made. After seeing the video I have a better idea of maybe why the light costs so much. From start to finish, it really is a complete work of art.
By:Cookbook Reader , Homeowner (Austin, TX)