In 1931, George Carwandine, a car designer by profession, invented a new kind of spring. However, this spring was not useful as a car part and found its way into the design of the first Anglepoise lamp. This lamp was designed in the likeness of a human arm. Thanks to the four springs, this lamp is very easy to move around.
However, the lamp had a very industrial appearance, such that in 1935 a version with three springs was designed for home environments. The Anglepoise Original 1227 was born, a coveted classic desk lamp. This desk lamp was the beginning of the iconic designer brand that is still very popular today.
The success of Anglepoise is a result of the valuable knowledge from their years of experience. All designs reflect style, sustainability and efficiency. The range was extended and modern elements were smoothly incorporated into the classic design. Fresh colours and modern designs have found their way into the new collections.
This is clearly seen in the design of the Original 1227 Brass, an elegant reflection of the original Anglepoise lamp. Another fascinating design is the Giant Anglepoise. This giant version of the Anglepoise Original 1227 was designed for the Roald Dahl Museum.
Anglepoise has made the news in different ways. In the late 1980s, scientists looking for the Loch Ness monster used a World War II bomber, which was lit by the Anglepoise because of its firmness and flexibility. Remarkably, that Anglepoise lamp still works after all these years!
Artist David Mach allowed himself to be enticed into making a huge hand with 360 black Anglepoise lamps. The work was called “The Giant Hand Sculpture named Knuckle Shuffle”. The Soft Boys also sought inspiration from the iconic lamp. In 1979, they launched the song “I want to be an Anglepoise lamp”. And finally, several new Royal Mail stamps featuring the iconic British design were issued in 2009. Naturally, the Anglepoise lamp couldn’t be left out.
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