If you’re heading to Covent Garden and haven’t stumbled across it yet, uber cool urban gardening title Rakes Progress has a neat little pop up store in Floral Street. Running until 31st January, with a series of inspirational floral installations, photography, art, sculpture and film, Rakes Progress pop-up brings the magazine to life in a veritable plant-filled oasis.
Multidisciplinary design team Ferrious, opened the doors of their chic railway arch showroom in central Manchester for a lively Christmas event last week. The Anglepoise® + Paul Smith collection took pride of place, showcased in the windows and instore alongside some suitably impressive models of existing or concept buildings created by the thriving local architecture and design community.
When Central Saint Martin’s Stage 1 BA (Hons) class cohort were tasked with creating a model of the Original 1227™ desk lamp as their workshop induction project, the aim was to ‘learn through doing’ fundamental practical and technical skills required in their future role as practicing product designers.
With its dedicated lighting showroom on the ground floor of the central London flagship store, Heal’s has gained a well-earned reputation as a prime destination for beautiful and well thought-out decorative lighting.
As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit the nation’s favourite department store already, John Lewis is currently in the throes of a summer-long ‘National Treasures’ campaign, shining a spotlight on the best of British life, design and culture.
When Kate Gould Gardens, a former Best in Show winner and three times Gold Medalist at Chelsea asked if we could provide lamps from our new Original 1227™ Giant Outdoor Collection to grace her City Living showpiece at Chelsea, we jumped at the opportunity. What better way to showcase these new designs than at the world’s most prestigious garden design show.
In the design and fashion worlds, boldly combining large planes of plain primary colours with black and white — an effect often described as ‘Mondrian-esque’ — has long held a strong appeal. Take Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 Mondrian shift dresses, inspired by the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian, or, more recently, Vladimír Ambroz’s Moving Mondrian bookcase for Amosdesign.
Established in Denmark in 1908, Carl Hansen & Son continue a tradition for producing outstandingly crafted, high quality furniture that lasts and all this at a reasonable price. So we’re justifiably proud to see our Anglepoise® lamps beautifully showcased at the Carl Hansen & Son’s flagship showroom in Tokyo, Japan.
Margaret Howell did Anglepoise® proud at the official launch of the Anglepoise® + Margaret Howell Collection at their flagship Place de la Madeleine shop in Paris, staged as part of Paris Design Week. The new Seagrass and Saxon Blue colours chosen by the designer for the Type 75™ Anglepoise® desk lamp, complement the existing Yellow Ochre Edition to create a stunning 3-piece Anglepoise® + Margaret Howell Collection.
When in 1989 Sir Terence Conran and Stephen Bailey opened the Design Museum in a former banana warehouse in Shad Thames our eyes were opened just a little bit wider to the marvelous world of contemporary design and architecture.
As if the opening of a spectacular, new and triple size Design Museum in the heart of Kensington isn’t enough, just last week the Design Museum announced the opening of its first High Street shop, conveniently located on Kensington High Street.
Anglepoise® was pleased to donate to Aspex an Original 1227™ Giant floor lamp which stands proud in the entrance space, calling to mind the Creating Balance Project Showcase at Aspex, a collaboration between Anglepoise®, the University of Portsmouth and local community group, Strong Island, aimed at putting the spotlight on the wealth of creative talent in the city.
Throughout the month of April, iconic British department store Harrods will be showcasing the new Giant Collection as part of the ‘London Edit’, a round-up of the season’s essential interior trends. The ‘London Edit’ will come alive in the store’s famous Brompton Road windows, as well as through room sets across the Second and Third Floors. Having styled the Original 1227™ Giant Brass floor lamp in Elephant Grey as part of their 'Shoreditch Loft', each model will exclusively retail at Harrods for the duration of the interiors takeover. Discerning design lovers will also have the opportunity to shop the Original 1227™ Giant Brass floor lamp in Rich Burgundy, created exclusively for Harrods.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re into anti-heroes, graphic novels and comics ranging from Beano to Viz and you delight in a bit of healthy subversion, head for the British Library and see a new exhibition called Comics Unmasked. Opening in London on 2nd May, and running until 19th August, it’s the UK’s largest ever exhibition of mainstream and underground comics.
If you were visiting the International Salone del Mobile, in Milan last week, you may have passed by the WP store on Via Borgogna, where casual outerwear brand, Baracuta has teamed up with Anglepoise® to create a dedicated window display, celebrating two classic icons of British design.
If you haven’t come across one of the Tate Gallery’s quirky little art films on You Tube yet, we suggest you take a look now. Unlock Art is a Tate initiative, offering a witty inside track on the world of art. With the help of a series of celebrities – including comedian, Frank Skinner, new Doctor Who actor, Peter Capaldi, Girls star, Jemima Kirke - and now Rock ‘n’ Roll band, The Kills