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Tolomeo - Artemide

table lamp (1987)

Tolomeo project is designed by Michele De Lucchi Artemide commissioned by Ernesto Gismondi.

For the development of mechanisms of the project was important the contribution of the engineering department manager of Artemis, Giancarlo Fassina, with whom De Lucchi has decided to share the signature.

The Tolomeo lamp is a modern reinterpretation of the classic work lamps to "spring" of the past. Although inspired by traditional patterns, materials and technologies and lines give this lamp a very personal and innovative style.

The light source is constituted by an incandescent bulb which can be moved in the various points by means of its long wings, as a kind of large compass wide aperture.

Made of polished aluminum and anodized in silver or black, the Tolomeo desk lamp, arm and head in all directions, is designed for different types of use: with a base, a clamp or a fixed support resulting in the different versions: suspension Ptolemy, Ptolemy earth wall Ptolemy, Ptolemy spotlight.

In Ptolemy the spring mechanism is hidden and extends inside the arm for its entire length, held in tension by the wire on display above the arm.
This system allows you to maintain the "purity" of the lines; lightness expressed by the arms, long and slender, the thin base of support and attention to detail, the use of the material make it a lamp of success.

Awarded the Golden Compass in 1989, is still an admired piece.