You’d have to have been living in a vacuum over the past few months to be unaware of the 150th years anniversary celebrations of ‘the nation’s favourite high-street store*’. The story of how a tiny drapers shop was transformed into a high street institution is just the sort of rags to riches story us Brits love best. Anyone living within striking distance of one of John Lewis’ 42 nationwide stores understandably might struggle to keep count of the endless John Lewis purchases they’ve made over the years.
So of course we were pleased to hear that an Anglepoise® table lamp had been picked for Design Today, the current showcase curated by the Design Museum at John Lewis stores to celebrate the essential role design has played in its past and will continue to play in its future.
Six eminent judges, including Tom Dixon, Sebastian Conran and Margaret Howell, were invited to nominate a collection of 50 products you can buy at John Lewis that demonstrate excellence in design and innovation. The final roster, which includes the Anglepoise® Type1228™ desk lamp, reflects the vast and eclectic range of products available in any John Lewis store, ranging from products and brands to which we aspire, to items that function so well we barely spare them a thought. All of the products selected are highlighted in the shop windows as well as inside. They also feature in a special publication that customers can pick up instore (see image above).
Here are just a few of our favourite products that were selected by the panel:
Image features (left to right):
Top row: Bialetti Hob Espresso Maker, Lulu Guinness Clutch Bag, Apple iPad Air, Dualit Origins® Toaster
Middle row: Dyson DC25 Vacuum Cleaner, John Lewis Blackbird Pie Funnel, Hans Wegner “U” Chair, Kenwood Chef Mixer
Bottom row: Herman Miller Aeron Office Chair, Duralex Picardie Highball, Hunter Wellington Boots, Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Music System
For more information on Design Today and the John Lewis/Design Museum top 50 products, click here
Design Today is at John Lewis stores from July – September 2014.
Coming soon: the Design Museum marks the 150-year anniversary of the opening of the first John Lewis store on Oxford Street in London with a pop-up exhibition exploring the design stories behind some of the most popular products in British high street history. John Lewis: How we Live Today will run at the Design Museum from 8 – 21 September, 2014.
* Source: Verdict Research poll of 6,000 consumers, April 2014