A British Icon for Luminaires
Anglepoise is a traditional company from the UK, which since 1930 specialises on the production of practical and efficient industrial lighting and its timeless design impresses still today in public spaces as well as in private homes.
At the beginning of the success story of Anglepoise is the in 1855 established family business Herbert Terry and Sons Ltd., which specialised in the production of industrial springs. By the 1920’s Terry’s is also developing products using the springs - an eclectic product range that extends from multi-purpose spring clips and car valve springs to toast racks, pen holders, hockey stick carriers and bicycle saddles. In 1931, automotive engineer, George Carwardine develops a theoretical concept for balancing weights using springs, cranks and levers Using special springs with a ‘constant tension’ quality developed by Terry’s, Carwardine had chanced upon the means to create an articulated task lamp that could combine ultimate flexibility with perfect balance. A patent is filed and, in 1933 the first four-spring Anglepoise lamp is launched.
The four-spring Anglepoise is deemed too industrial for a domestic market so Carwardine, together with the designers at Terry’s, develops a three-spring version. This design, known as the Anglepoise Original 1227™, has been refined over the years but is generally considered the archetypal Anglepoise® lamp.
In 2003, Sir Kenneth Grange becomes the Design Director of Anglepoise. Before Sir Kenneth Grange designed the Anglepoise lamp type 3 and type 75, he was co-founder and partner of the design consultancy Pentagram and created iconic and pioneering designs for Kenwood, Kodak or Parker pens and is responsible for the design of the Intercity 125 train and the updated London taxis.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary, in 2009 the Anglepoise Original 1227 is featured on a Royal Mail stamp, alongside other iconic British designs including the K2 Telephone Kiosk, the Routemaster Bus, the London Underground Map and the Mini. In addition, the Anglepoise lamps are exhibited in many museums around the world as an example of good, British design.
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