For the price, the lamp delivers a strong modern punch to the eye. The 24 inch black shade on top of a thin chrome rod which bellows to a wide base is stunning to the eye. The light from the black shade is more of a mood light rather than a light you can use for reading or lighting up a room. Also the touch the rod 3 -way light is very convenient. The shade unfotunately, is at a bit of an angle. I used a plate upside down to try to balance the lamp so that it looks like it is straight, but it does look a little lopsided. It the shade laid horizontally straight, I would have given this lamp a 5 star rating.