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Anglepoise: a life less ordinary

Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.

This unassuming product has been in the background of so many creative studios and technician’s workshops helping to create the best products over the past 75 years but we forget to celebrate it. Every day, I sit at my desk with the Anglepoise lamp nesting over me shining a gentle, yellow light on to the desk. If you haven’t yet lived with one of these lamps… rectify that situation as soon as possible.

Anglepoise Original_1227 red

Anglepoise Type75_floor lamp



Anglepoise Giant1227 Red

Anglepoise Giant1227 Pendant

Author bio

Daniel Nelson is the art editor for Heart Home. Having worked in design for the past decade, he started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally. Connect with Daniel on Google+. Read more posts by .

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Comments (11)

  1. NEW blog post: Anglepoise: a life less ordinary #dbcollective

  2. NEW blog post: Anglepoise: a life less ordinary #dbcollective

  3. NEW blog post: Anglepoise: a life less ordinary #dbcollective

  4. RT @hearthomemag: NEW blog post: Anglepoise: a life less ordinary #dbcollective

  5. A tribute to the Anglepoise lamp #design

  6. Totally agree – it’s a classic.

    Belated congratulations on the magazine too.

    I just stumbled upon it via decor8 and have really enjoyed reading it – well done!

  7. Great post Daniel, and congratulations on the magazine launch! I look forward to the next edition.

    I am obsessed with old lamps and have just started restoring a 1227 in need you can follow the progress on my blog if you are interested.

    I am also refinishing a Hadrill Horstmann (another British classic) and a couple of Kaiser Idells. Good fun (for a design nerd!). ;-D

  8. The anglepoise with a splash of color is industrial mixed with FUN! I love it!!!

  9. this classic sits on my desk as well! congrats to the great mag!

  10. Love my anglepoise lamps, have two and always in use!

  11. Anglepoise: a life less ordinary via @hearthomemag

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