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Artemide's desk masterpieces: the evolution of technical table lighting

Recognized as the archetypal desk lamp, the Tolomeo is a quintessential design in Artemide's collection, epitomizing the brand's disposition for harmoniously combining minimalist aesthetics, functionality, and technological innovation.

A selection of iconic designs that have set the standard in technical desk lighting.

Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1987, the Tolomeo desk lamp perfectly balances functionality and aesthetics with its essential, directional design.

Artemide Tolomeo
Tolomeo Mini Artemide
Artemide Tolomeo Mini
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Its articulated arm system, featuring an innovative spring mechanism, offers exceptional height and tilt flexibility, while the swiveling head with a molded aluminum reflector ensures uniform light diffusion.

The aluminum construction lends it a modern, lightweight look which, combined with the technical features, makes it a timeless masterpiece of lighting design. Its popularity has led to the creation of an entire collection of lamps suitable for various settings and uses.

Artemide Tolomeo

A timeless Artemide classic and in some ways a precursor to the Tolomeo, the Tizio desk lamp, designed by Richard Sapper in 1972, is another masterpiece proudly displayed on desks worldwide. The story of this refined yet technical lamp is intertwined with an anecdote about the friendship between Richard Sapper and Ernesto Gismondi.

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Artemide Tizio Micro
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Artemide Tizio 35
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During a casual conversation on a boat trip, the two friends had the idea of creating a simple, easily adjustable table lamp. This lamp, intended to appeal to everyone, was named Tizio from the Italian expression "Tizio, Caio e Sempronio" (equivalent to the English "Tom, Dick, and Harry"), reflecting its universal appeal.

The Tizio's sophisticated system of balances and counterweights begins with its cylindrical base, providing stability. Like tightrope walkers, the articulated metal arms move up and down with a simple gesture, while a thin spacer bar prevents the incandescent bulb from getting too close to the table.

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Jean Nouvel's Equilibrist lamp also centers on the concept of balance. Its dynamic arm alternates the position of the two heads—one round with lower light intensity and one square—creating a harmonious and adaptable lighting solution.

Demetra Artemide

Naoto Fukasawa's Demetra lamp explores the relationship between object, user, and environment, emphasizing the natural harmony that emerges from this interaction. Demetra adapts to our daily rhythms with dimmable light emission and an optional motion sensor that activates based on user proximity. Designed for both residential and commercial settings, the Demetra lamp is available in various wall and floor versions, including micro and professional lines.

Vine Light
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Among Artemide's desk lamps, BIG's Vine Light stands out for its extreme minimalist aesthetic. An unbroken line that conceals all optoelectronic and mechanical elements, with two pivot points offering great flexibility with a simple gesture. The design's apparent simplicity results from profound expertise, transforming technological complexity into a distinctive and functional design.

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Artemide Ixa

The Ixa lamp reinterprets the legacy of its predecessors, Tolomeo and Tizio, with an innovative approach that enhances usability, always prioritizing the interaction between user, light, and environment.

Ixa Artemide

Foster + Partners have designed the Ixa with a system of balancing adjustable spherical heads, rods, and counterweights, creating a scalable design that continuously evolves to accommodate new versions.

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