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 …
We always get a bit of a rush when we spot our lamps in a stylish interior, or when they’re being used by someone we admire. So when we discovered that influential art director and graphic designer, Veronica Ditting was an Anglepoise fan, we felt we had to ask her some questions:
We’ll be revealing our third new product launch of the year at Clerkenwell Design Week when it opens at 10am on Tuesday 20th May. Anglepoise® + Paul Smith is a stunning new interpretation of our iconic Type75™ table lamp, which combines the unmistakable form and function of an Anglepoise® with the unique handprint of one of Britain’s most admired designers.
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
For the past two decades Wired Magazine has been the first word on the way ideas and innovation are changing the world. Created for and about the ‘Digital Generation’, Wired offers a remarkable insight into the future of business, culture, innovation and science. It’s reputation for editorial excellence is well earned, resulting in a string of awards, which simply keep on coming.
For the new Project Showcase at Aspex gallery in Portsmouth, Roo has put her unique artistic stamp onto an Angelpoise® Type 75™ transforming it’s clean modernist aesthetic into a fanciful – and symbolic - butterfly lamp.
To celebrate the opening of the University of Portsmouth’s stunning new gallery/exhibition/screening space – aptly called Space – Anglepoise® has collaborated with the University students to recreate an installation that was originally designed for the Kenneth Grange exhibition at The Design Museum in 2011.
If you’re visiting Maison & Objet this year, prepare to be dazzled by the range of Anglepoise® lamps on show on the stand, a stunning display incorporating a large range of Duo Maxi Pendants, Type75 wall lamps and, of course, the hugely popular Giant1227 Floor Lamp.
Rated recently by the Sunday Times as one of “Five of the best design books” and as “Terrific” by the New York Times, this beautifully illustrated 400 page tome uncovers the secrets behind the classic, timeless, uncluttered design aesthetic of the US cult website, Remodelista.com.
One of the collaborators for the Creating Balance Project, My Dog Sighs initially used his Anglepoise® Original1227™ Lamp as a mixing palette. The lamp he created was so striking that it has been adopted as the main visual for the touring exhibition, showing next at Aspexin Portsmouth in the New Year.
It was a tiny feature in a 1996 edition of the Guardian Weekend Magazine that initiated our longstanding and on-going collaboration with pre-eminent British product designer, Kenneth Grange. Then head of the panel for the 1996 Design Awards, Guardian’s Style Insider recalls that when Grange had been asked to identify his favourite object he came up with a raft of ideas. When pressed to pick just one, Grange eventually narrowed the list down to the Anglepoise® lamp, in his opinion “a minor miracle of balance”.
Following on from the success of the Creating Balance Project, we have been continuing collaborations with a number of the participating artists and photographers. For the project, local artists, Roo and Barry Abrook created some stunning imagery that we feel really captures the spirit of Anglepoise®. We are now delighted offer a selection of these unique prints for sale on our website.
We were so impressed with the outcome of the collaborative works produced for The Creating Balance Project , we decided we had to translate at least some of the ideas into limited edition products we could offer for sale.
First published in 1896, Architects’ Journal - better known as AJ to its many dedicated readers - is something of an institution in the British architectural scene. So we were more than a little bit chuffed, when AJ Editor, Christine Murray approached us about supplying some of our Original1227™ desk lamps for their smart new East London HQ.
Superrb are the team behind our exciting new website. They are based on Hayling Island, a couple of miles away from Anglepoise HQ. We hope that that the following Q&A gives an interesting insight into them individually and also shows why they are such a great bunch of guys to work with.