TOLOMEO MAXI Floor
Michele De Lucchi
Born in Italy in 1961, Michele De Lucchi designed the Tolomeo in 1987. The lamp is now available in sizes from mini to mega is arguably Artemide’s most iconic fixture. Having a background in architecture and industrial design, De Lucchi also favors a craftsman-like approach and since 1990 through the line “Produzione Privata,” he has created a series of artisan-produced items such as small sculptures carved with a power saw.
Born in Milan in 1935, Italian architect Giancarlo Fassini was a leading figure in Italian avant-garde design beginning in the 1970’s. Through his work with the Radical “anti-design” movement he explored scale distortion, color and promoted the social relevance and humor of objects. The Tolomeo, his iconic lamp series for Artemide, was created in collaboration with Michele De Lucchi.
“Tolomeo lamp was made to go everywhere, stay everywhere, work everywhere. Now on its 30th anniversary we know it will never become old.
Even in the future it will go everywhere, stay everywhere, work everywhere, forever!“ Michele De Lucchi
Brought out in 1987 and designed for Artemide by Michele De Lucchi with Giancarlo Fassina, the Tolomeo was an immediate bestseller, consolidating a working relationship that continues to this day.
Inspired by traditional balanced arm lamps like the famous Naska Loris, his challenge was to combine an iconic and “domestic” form with innovative technologies and materials, adapting it to a wide variety of uses and settings.
The first table version has multiplied over the years into an endless range of variations, the most recent of which is the Tolomeo Maxi with a parchment diffuser.
-Diffuser in Fabric & PVC.
-Arm & structure un extruded aluminum.
-Joints and tension control knobs in polished die-cast aluminum.
-Tension cables in stainless steel.
-Support stem in extruded aluminum with high polished finish.