Founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza in 1960, Artemide operates according the corporate philosophy “The Human Light” and places the people’s needs and thus the improvement of the quality of life into the focus of attention. Today, Artemide is a synonym for innovative and sophisticated light technology as well as elegant and classy design – international awards such as the Compasso d'Oro, the iF Design Award or the Red Dot Award are a strong evidence of the high
standard at Artemide.
The company headquartered in Pregnana Milanese is a founding member of the Altagamma Association, which seeks to promote the tasteful Italian lifestyle as well as the proper products “Made in Italy”. Light fixtures by Artemide were even included in the collections of internationally renowned design museums, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London or the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Michele de Lucchi
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The German industrial designer Richard Sapper, who...
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Some Artemide lights are already considered as absolute classics of light design. The Artemide Tolomeo Tavolo, for instance, is the best-known and most famous desk lamp in the world. Its flexible arms as well as the rotatable and pivotable light head make it the perfect example of flexibility. The Tolomeo Tavolo was designed by Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina in 1987 and has since then received a number of awards.
The technology and the aesthetics of the Tolomeo Tavolo also served as the basis for the creation of other lights belonging to the Tolomeo family.
The design for the Artemide Tizio was penned by the German star designer Richard Sapper. The Tizio was designed in 1970 and is nowadays considered as a true icon of industrial design. The Tizio light is one of the first lights to be operated using low-voltage
halogen lamps, which was a huge innovation at that time. Thus, the power supplied to the light head is not effected by means of interfering cables but directly via the light arms. The wide-reaching arm of the Tizio is balanced out by a counterweight that is attached at the end of the arm. Thanks to its narrow base, the light only requires little space on the desk and its flexible arms still offer a large working radius.
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iF product Design Award
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Red Dot Design Award
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In addition to the Tolomeo Tavolo and the Tizio, many further Artemide lights also became absolute classics of light design. Other members of the Tolomeo family such as the Tolomeo Terra floor lamp, which is also available as a Mega version equipped with a dimmer and a charismatic shade made from parchment or satin, also contributed to the success of the Italian light manufacturer. Further successful products such as the Tolomeo Lettura reading light or top sellers like
the Melampo Notte bedside table lamp with the tiltable shade, the appealing Artemide Pirce Sospensione pendant light or the artistic Artemide Cosmic Leaf Terra by the world-famous Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove underpin Artemide’s status as a premium manufacturer. As regards the illuminant, Artemide always remains up to date: many of the lights are equipped with LED lamps that are exemplary in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability.
This applies to further developed classics such as the Tolomeo Tavolo LED as well as to new editions. An example of the ultimate symbiosis of a perfect shape, impeccable functionality and modern illuminants is, for instance, the Artemide Demetra Special Edition . Thanks to highly efficient LEDs, this table lamp, which was launched on the occasion of a light11 anniversary, only requires 9.5 watts to produce a light output of almost 400 lumens.