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Anglepoise Desk Lamps

The word 'Anglepoise' is often used as a generic reference to balanced spring lighting, much like 'Hoover' has become the generic name for vacuum cleaners or 'JCB' for diggers. Anglepoise desk lamps are often imitated but never bettered. In actual fact, Anglepoise is the registered trademark of arguably the most distinctive, desirable and quintessentially British lighting design of the vintage 20th and modern 21st century.

The Anglepoise invention

In 1931 George Carwardine developed a theoretic concept of balancing weights with springs, cranks and levels. From this, in 1933 the first 4 spring industrial lamp was designed, followed by a three spring version for the domestic market in 1935. This was the Anglepoise desk lamp that we all recognise today.

History of Anglepoise desk lamps

The first Anglepoise desk lamp was called the Original 1227. This classic design has been refined ever since. Other notable milestone launches included Model 75 in the 1960s, Model 90 in the 70s and the apex 90 collection in the 1980s.

Anglepoise desk lamps today

The Original 1227 is available in mini, standard, brass and giant variations. So too is Type 75. These are complemented by the type 1228 collection designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, the Type C LED collection and the studio edition collection, which is based on the original 1227 mini. Special type 75 editions one, two and three, launched in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively, feature the colourful design work of Paul Smith whilst a remodelling of type 75 by Margaret Howell was launched in 2016. Choose an Anglepoise lamp made from steel or metal .

Anglepoise provenance and design


Such is the impact of their timeless design, Anglepoise desk lamps have featured in songs, in literature and even on stamps. Their design is also expressed in computer animation giant Pixar logo, having featured in the studio's groundbreaking Luxo Jr short in the 1980s. Through this rich populist heritage, quality of build and superiority of design, Anglepoise desk lamps are, today, as desirable to the collector as they are to the modern homemaker.

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