Comments: This is perfect for our living room which is without a ceiling light. It cast a warm, cozy glow. We love the modern, yet classic look that fits in well with many decor styles. It is well made and beautiful.
By eames enthusiast
On Sep 24, 2010
Comments: This is a great lamp for my high-ceiling, modern loft. It's not going to flood a large space with light, but the output is adequate. I've had it for over a year and the build is second to none.
By Love R&B
On Sep 24, 2010
Comments: I was looking for an arc lamp for a long time to put behind a couch. Most had marble bases, weighed a lot and broke the bank. this is a very functional, contemporary lamp!
By Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp
On Sep 26, 2010
Comments: Very bright light, used only for direct lighting. Would be better if it had a dimmer setting, but overall happy with this product.
On Oct 1, 2010
Comments: Great lamp! Very easy to put together (although a second set of hands is useful) and very very well made. Much better than various other lamps I purchased from other manufacturers as I moved into a new home.The price was good too, I couldn't find it for more than a few bucks cheaper anywhere online. [...]
On Dec 20, 2010
Comments: I love this lamp. It looks great - contemporary yet minimal. It provides ample light for reading and otherwise makes great accent light. I'm very happy with this purchase. Good investment.
By Happy Room & Board customer
On Jan 5, 2011
Comments: The lamp is light and functional. [...] I am truly a happy customer and have furnished so far one large and one small apartment in two different cities without any hassle.
On Aug 23, 2012
Comments: it's a great accent/reading light. it's seamless clean design.
On Feb 16, 2013
Comments: We are a big fan of Artemide's Tolomeo Collection - from having several variations of the classic desk lamp in our den and as bedside table lamps in the bedroom, to the Mega floor lamp in our living room that anchors our sofa beautifully in an open space. As avid readers, we had a need for a reading lamp to sit between two lounge chairs in another area of our living room. After perusing the other floor lamps available through Room & Board, it was a no brainer that we would stay within the trusted and beloved Tolomeo family and select the Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp with Parchment Shade.
We did experience an extended wait time for this lamp, and hoping that it was worth the wait, we assembled the lamp and placed it in our living room. After we plugged the lamp in and switched it on, we realized that the "neck" of the lamp (where the shade meets the arm) was loose, with no tension to keep the shade in a raised position. In order to keep the shade level, we had to lower the arm so that it was almost parallel to the ground for the shade to not just dangle.
After examining our other Tolomeo lights, and referring back to the Room & Board website to view the photos again (second room view, where the photo shows the shade positioned), it was clear we had a defective light. Knowing the whole point of Tolomeo is the high degree of functionality and ability to position the shade with little effort, we were quickly disappointed in our new floor lamp with it's shade hanging there limp and flaccidly.
We ordered this through Room & Board, knowing they stand behind their products and that of the manufacturers they represent. Although Room & Board and the Associate I spoke to was helpful in initiating an exchange, I was disappointed that it would be about another month for a replacement.
And finally, the wait is over, not even fifteen minutes later since the Room & Board Delivery Professionals left here to exchange my defective floor lamp that I sit here with yet *another* broken floor lamp with the same issue! It is clear the fault lay with Artemide and a faulty design. The Delivery Technicians fiddled around with the floor lamp for quite some time, and just could not get the shade to pose with a modicum of tension. The Delivery Professional called in to report the issue with his supervisor, and then informed me the lights were backordered until the end of the month.
This is a nice light and I can see how it would be a great design that fit our needs perfectly, but unlike our other Tolomeo products, I can honestly say I'm no longer a fan. I'm going to hope the next floor lamp they switch out wins me back but at this point it's been disappointing to say the least.
By oval man
On Oct 18, 2013
Comments: I love this lamp's clean, elegant design and obvious care taken in its fabrication. I'd like to address some apparent confusion about the lamp and a slightly disappointing aspect.
The confusion, as evidenced in a prior comment here, seems to be about whether the lamp head (the fixture, bulb and shade assembly) is adjustable—is supposed to tilt. Several of R and B's photos—of both the floor and table versions—show the head in a tilted position. It's also described as having a "pivoting arm and shade." However, the instructions furnished with the lamp by Artemide, the manufacturer, explicitly state that the lamp head must remain vertical. I'm assuming (but may be wrong) this is to prevent a 100W bulb, the maximum allowable, from potentially scorching the parchment shade. R and B needs to clarify this. (My lamp shipped with a Philips 60W soft light CFL but it didn't work upon arrival.)
The disappointing feature—and why I rated the lamp a "4"—is that it wobbles somewhat in its base (despite thorough tightening). This is a design flaw. When I noticed it at the showroom I assumed it was due to constant, improper handling, but after assembling mine at home I discovered it has the same problem.
In order for the lamp to swivel, the very bottom of the lamp stem—the "post" that fits into the conical "sleeve" of the base—is slightly smaller in diameter than said sleeve in which it sits. This space difference is made up by a slightly wider metal collar at the top of the post and a rubber O-ring near the bottom; i.e., the lamp stem "rides" upon these as the lamp rotates. Unfortunately, this extra space is what causes the lamp to wobble—something you notice every time you turn it on.
This looseness also prevents the lamp from standing exactly upright. Due to the weight of the arm and head, the lamp permanently "leans over" just a little bit—about an inch out of plumb. This is going to bother anyone who would prefer the aesthetic appeal of a perfectly plumb lamp stem—an option for which the lamp seems to be designed. (There are knobs at both the base and elbow for tightening the stem and arm into place, but the bottom one doesn't affect the looseness I'm describing where the bottom post enters the base.)
Both these characteristics—the wobble and the leaning—make the lamp feel cheaper than it should. It's a beautiful piece but Artemide needs to improve the base design.
Tolomeo's slender aluminum frame and exposed tension cables give it a modern, industrial look. A height-adjustable pivoting arm allows you to place light where you need it most. The stationary parchment shade casts a warm, diffused light. By Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide®.
Details of Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp with Parchment Shade
Dimensions: 29"w 9"d 40"h
Shade Dimensions: 7" diameter
Base Dimensions: 9" diameter
Features: adjustable articulated arm; shade remains vertical regardless of arm angle
Cord Detail: 8'; black plastic
Switch Details: located on lamp head
UL Listed: yes
Designer: Michele De Lucchi & Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide
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