base is well-made and solid, but the shade, which is what makes this lamp, is crooked and out-of shape. No matter which way you turn it, it looks crooked. I'm using it anyway, but it annoys me every time I look at it. Great idea, poor execution.
This lamp assembles easily and, while a bit on the flimsy/shortish side, could be a nice lamp. However: When turned on, it burns beige, not gray! With this much emphasis put on the lamp shade, you would think they'd take extra care with the fabric. But no. It basically doesn't work with my decor as a result (beige lamp with a gray wall?.. really?). I'm going to have to find a replacement shade or return it.