In 1932, when vehicle suspension engineer George Carwardine invented a spring, crank and lever mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet would maintain its position once released, a blueprint for the first Anglepoise task lamp was born. The Anglepoise lamp has subsequently achieved iconic status and its engaging, anthropomorphic form is recognised and admired all around the world. Over the years, the Anglepoise lamp has been developed under the careful watch of the founding Terry family, without ever losing sight of its primary function, and unique, characterful form. From the creation of the Original 1227™ lamp, to the development of extended collections by esteemed industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, to recent collaborations with renowned designers Paul Smith and Margaret Howell, incomparable British design remains at the heart of this progressive British brand. Today, Anglepoise lamps can be found today in homes and of offices, restaurants, bars and hotels in more than 50 countries.
A CAR DESIGNER
In 1932 automotive engineer George Carwardine develops a formula for a new type of spring. He discovers that pivoting arms supported by a sequence of these springs can be repositioned with the lightest touch yet will remain perfectly in place once released. Carwardine has just created the blueprint for an Anglepoise®.
DESIGNERS OF ANGLEPOISE
Invented by a Car Designer
When automotive engineer, George Carwardine chanced upon a formula for a new kind of spring, he had created the blueprint for a groundbreaking articulated task lamp that could combine ultimate flexibility with perfect stability. Two years later the Original 1227™ was born.
Sir Kenneth Grange
Making Britain Modern
Having previously identified the Anglepoise as his favourite design and a ‘minor miracle of balance’, Sir Kenneth Grange became Design Director of Anglepoise in 2003.
Three Stunning Interpretations
Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer, renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity.
Esteemed British designer Margaret Howell has frequently championed the Anglepoise® lamp, admiring the similar design qualities that are the essence of her clothing: simplicity, functionality, authenticity and timelessness.