If you haven’t ventured into John Lewis’s London Oxford Street store recently, you’re in for a surprise. Over the past 8 months our perennial favourite high street store has invested the sum of £14 million on a home design makeover of king-sized proportions. Occupying an impressive 94,000 square feet across two floors, the John Lewis flagship store now boasts the largest range of home products to be found in any UK store, including a mind-boggling selection of curtain fabrics (12,500), wallpaper designs (5,000), sofa options (100,000) - and lights, of course (650).
Step into the second floor “Light Room and prepare to be dazzled by the breath of inspired lighting options presented there - not least the wide range of Anglepoise® lamps including two John Lewis exclusives: a 4-piece Original 1227™ Brass Collection in Light Taupe and a Duo 1227™ desk lamp in Heritage Green.
Still in need of inspiration? Then move up to the third floor where you’ll find a series of creative spaces to spark off ideas. In a series of installations created for London Design Festival in September, Glaswegian design studio Timorous Beasties used Anglepoise® Type 1228™ wall lights to illuminate their surreal textiles and wallpaper while Supermarket Sarah included an Anglepoise® Type 1228™ desk lamp in Mid Green amongst her arrangement of products rated most highly by John Lewis customers. These pop-up spaces have now made way for new and inspirational home office sets and guess what, again Anglepoise® desk lamps are featured.
What’s more, central London is not the only place where exciting things are happening. Just two weeks ago a brand new 250,000 square foot John Lewis store opened in the heart of Birmingham, located in Grand Central, a glossy new shopping mall located directly above the revamped New Street station. Anglepoise® lamps have already been spotted, not only in the impressive lighting department but also in several creative room sets. See for example the bedroom set below featuring a pair of Anglepoise® Original 1227™ Brass pendants.
Words: Kathryn Dighton