Press releases seldom lift my spirits but I was properly cheered by Kirkby Design’s latest update. I didn’t read the copy; what registered when I opened up the attachment was colour. Sharp and clean, it cut through the early morning mist surrounding my work hut and turned my thoughts to summer time.
To mark their commitment to the US market, Anglepoise® has established a New York office and next month will showcase highlights from their collections at ICFF, North America’s premier showcase for what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design.
For anyone who was unable to join us in Milan when we exhibited our collections of new and classic Anglepoise® designs at Euroluce earlier this month, we are delighted to offer a pictorial tour of our stand, presented this year with a little help from our friends at uber-stylish travel and lifestyle magazine, Cereal.
No ordinary call of duty: to have your back licked, your front pressed, and spend the rest of your days confined to the corner (all this as the queen watches on). It’s a funny sort of tribute. Fifty years have now passed since the Royal Mail first went to print with its Special Stamps program ...
‘There is something peculiarly personal about working by the light of an Anglepoise®, as though the light is there for you, and you alone’, writes Charlie Lee-Potter in her delightful treatise on the Anglepoise® light in the new edition of biannual travel and style bible, Cereal.
Unless you have been hiding under a stone for the past year, you will have noticed how brass is back. Designers everywhere are turning to the newly modish metal, using it to create tableware, lighting and furniture for retailers and collectors alike.
In the grown-up, inky-blue space reserved for customer fittings in Joseph Cheaney & Sons’ new flagship store in London, hang the portraits of the founders. It’s no mere space filler. The canvasses are here for a reason. Perhaps to keep watch, or maybe just serve reminder; a clear sign of the shoemakers’ desire to give heritage a leading role as it bids to write new chapters in a history spanning over a hundred and twenty years.
When renowned Swiss furniture company, Vitra, asked if they could create a pop up display using a series of Anglepoise® lamps to enhance the furniture sets in their stylish Clerkenwell showroom, of course we said yes.
With Christmas just around the corner, you may be interested to hear that British fashion brand, Hobbs, has just launched their first ever pop-up shop in that central London mecca of chic fashion, Marylebone High Street.
Science may trigger unwelcome school memories of frustration at failing to grasp its basic laws. But many of us still fondly remember the story of Archimedes yelling ‘Eureka!’ in his bath on discovering that the volume of his body equalled that of the water it displaced. And, as I discovered the other day, a new exhibition displaying the first drawings of 20 of the world’s most life-changing inventions (not all of them science-based) proves that science and engineering can be both enlightening and entertaining.
Winter: dark in the morning, dark in the afternoon and on some days, never properly light at all. No wonder we reach for the fairy lights to brighten the gloom. Now I love a fairy light as much as anyone, but a Christmas light is just for Christmas, whereas a beautifully-designed lamp will last a lifetime. So in an effort to banish the winter blues, add some seasonal notes and solve your present dilemmas all in one, stylish, swoop, I have compiled a list of must-have lamps guaranteed to light up your winters ...
We’ve all seen it. Two lamps spring to life. In rolls a ball. Back and forth it goes until the smaller of the two gets a touch carried away. POP. Game over. Off slinks the humble little lamp, safe from the gaze of its disapproving senior.
What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?
This is the question Sir Terence Conran put to ten of the world’s leading designers. Their answers make up ‘The Wish List’, an exhibition of fantasy objects come to life, launched last month for London Design Week and on show at the V&A until 24 October.
If you’re one of thousands of visitors still planning to visit Grand Designs Live Birmingham, a 4-day event, which runs until Sunday 12th October, there’s a feature in Grand Technology that’s worth seeking out; it’s called The Tech Box.
Whether you’re planning to visit designjunction during the London Design Festival, or simply keeping a close eye on events via the worldwide web, this designjunction charity initiative is one we urge you to watch.
If you’re inspired by the prospect of viewing the very best furniture, lighting and product design from around the work, presented against a stunning industrial backdrop, visit designjunction during The London Design Festival where we’ll be showcasing three remarkable new collections:
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.
When British brand, London Undercover approached us last month to ask if they could feature Anglepoise® as guest brand of the month, of course we said yes. Established in 2008 by designer Jamie Milestone, London Undercover has been on our radar for some time. We love the way they’ve brought the humble umbrella to life, inspiring us Brits to enjoy and take pride in what must surely be our most indispensable, everyday British accessory.
In conversation with Confessions of a Design Geek’s Katie Tregidden at Clerkenwell Design Week last month, Sir Kenneth Grange talked candidly about his career to date, Pentagram, the iconic British designs he’s created, his user-centered approach to design, his inspirations, advice for young designers and of course his association with Anglepoise®. Grange’s career has spanned more than half a century, influencing generations of product designers around the world. Here’s what he had to say …