I needed a lamp to go with my older Asian dresser. This arrived in what seemed a bunch of pieces, and I had my doubts to start. However, it took shape pretty quickly, and was easy to put together. Take note they put a little sandbag inside the part where the bulb goes; in true disclosure I didn't see it to begin with and assumed the light didn't work. It wasn't till I decided to give it one last try before sending it back that I saw it tucked way down there. Now it works perfectly, once the sandbag was removed!! Duh!! Great lamp, but it's LARGE!!! Perfect for what I needed though.
The metal base of this lamp is super lightweight. The strips of metal in the base are not thick at all and therefore it's not quite as heavy as I would have expected. I would have preferred a lighter colored shade, however the shade that it came with definitely matches the color in the picture. I was a little disappointed that out of the box the shade had what appears to be a grease/oil stain. Also be aware that the cord runs down the middle of the hollow body/base...which might be aesthetically displeasing to some. I don't think there's a way to structurally avoid the placement of the cord. I've also noticed that it collects a lot more dust than any of my other lamps. It's definitely an interesting looking lamp, but I think it would feel "richer" if it was a little heavier.