Our story began with a desk lamp. First launched in 1935, the brainchild of automotive engineer George Carwardine, the Original 1227™ set the standards by which other desk lamps were measured. Over the years the design has been sensitively updated for modern life and has become a design classic, beloved by design aficionados the world over.
Venture into the Anglepoise® Studio today and be spoilt for choice. And with no less than 38 Studio colour permutations on offer, the versatile Original 1227™ Mini becomes a chameleon, blending or contrasting to express a myriad of personal interior styles, from pared-back minimalism to unbridled eclecticism and everything in-between.
December is upon us which means that it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. Clearly, the presents for those you share a home with are the most important – not least because, if you’re clever, they can double as gifts for yourself too.
I love blue. Ranging in tone from deepest ink to coolest ice, it works across seasons and interior styles and what’s more, it is at its best in the northern hemisphere where the colder light actually enhances the blue pigment.
Scaled down to two-thirds of its original size, the Original 1227™ Desk Lamp assumes a new identity. This playful, more versatile and contemporary version of our most iconic and best loved 1930’s Anglepoise® design is the inspiration for a new 4-piece Original 1227™ Mini Collection, comprising a desk, table and two wall lamps.
The clocks have gone back, taking the light with them. Some lucky folk head south when the dark days come, but for those of us tied to over-wintering on the British Isles the only remedy is to fill the house with lamps.
If you haven’t ventured into John Lewis’s London Oxford Street store recently, you’re in for a big surprise. Over the past 8 months our perennial favourite high street store has invested the princely sum of £14 million on a home design makeover of mammoth proportions.
So when Kirkby Design asked if we would allow Jon to customise one of our Giant 1227™ floor lamps, which would be used both as a photoshoot prop for their new Kirkby Designs x Jon Burgerman collaboration and as a means to capture Jon’s creativity on film, of course we said yes.
When I headed to see Harrods’s London Design Festival exhibition, Timeless Design, I expected to find a smallish display. So I was pleasantly surprised to discover an extensive show distributed around the store’s various homeware departments, with cookware brands, logically enough, in the Cookshop, most furniture in the furniture department, and so on.
This month, as part of Timeless Design, curated by Harrods for London Design Festival 2015, Anglepoise® is hosting a retrospective that shines a spotlight on key events from our 80-year history, with displays of lamps from different decades and rarely seen artefacts.
Universities may boast state of the art gyms and air conditioned, wi-fi connected lecture theatres, but halls of residence - for all their en-suite facilities – remain largely untouched by interior design. Personalising these bare, cell-like bedrooms isn’t easy – space is tight and any interference with the physical structure of the room is strictly forbidden – but it is possible.
I downsized last year and now live in a sixties bungalow with generous windows and lots of well-thought out storage. Floor space, however, is at a premium so I have done away with lamps in favour of the wall light; an item which has, until now, been entirely absent from my life. Wall lights can be every bit as show-stealing as a pendant or a lamp. And, as the following list of top five places to use them proves, they are super-adaptable too.
I am a huge fan of all-white interiors whatever the season, but even committed colouristas should consider embracing the look for the high summer season. Light reflecting and visually fresh, white rooms really do help to keep you cool as temperatures rise.
When you put a classic brand together with the globally renowned ‘Patron Saints of Print’ and an iconic sixties tower block, extraordinary things happen. Charlotte Abrahams, writer and curator of and co-editor of the Selected Journal asked Anglepoise® Innovation and Brand Director Simon Terry and Mark Eley of design house Eley Kishimoto to tell all.
We invited Talib Choudhry, Interiors Editor of the Telegraph Magazine, to identify his highlights at Clerkenwell Design Week, the UK's leading independent design festival which happened in London last week ...
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.