Classics (home of the Tizio and Tolomeo) along with what's new: Artemide. For sleek, ultramod, Italian style and design, the selection is impeccable.
Stopping in at the local showroom offers the chance to check out lighting in person that you have seen photographed many times. When considering a purchase, seeing the scale and quality of construction is important.
Award winning pieces that live in museum collections resulting from collaborations with superstar architects and designers don't come cheap, but these are one of the "worth saving up for" purchases that can be an important part of your homes character for a loooong time, and frankly often surprise us with just how affordable they can be, considering the pedigree.
Some VERY Artemide designs:
Dome by Ernest Gismondi
Castore by Michele de Lucchi
Tolomeo Mega by Michele de Lucchi/Giancarlo Fassina
Logico Triple Linear by Michele de Lucchi/Gerhard Reichert
Our verdict: Absolutely worth a look when shopping for lighting.