Consider it the highlight of London Design Fest: a trio of British design legends coming together to re-imagine a British design icon, inspired by yet another British design icon. It would all be too much if it were not all too cool.
Edition Four of Paul Smith’s collaboration with Anglepoise has just hit and, not unlike the previous 3 iterations, it comes with a backstory and in a distinct colorway that makes it as covetable as each of the others.
Earthy burgundy, heavy grey, sky blue and racing green make up the patchwork of matte finishes. So, too, at the base, a touch of neon yellow—a very Paul Smith pop to a palette otherwise grounded in the British countryside. If it all looks familiar to fans of the fashion designer (an ardent bunch worldwide that includes our English-born co-founder Andy Griffith, down to his PS striped socks), it’s because in 2015 Sir Paul colored an eponymous Land Rover Defender this way. For those who couldn’t score the real deal, the fashion and auto phenoms even released collector-edition die-cast metal models for the desk—in 2 sizes.
Speaking of size, Type 75 PS Edition Four also comes in a mini and desk lamp versions, like those before it. Four is the first among the series, however, to be released in a floor version with a standard shade.
(In case you’re collecting or simply keeping on top of all of this, only Edition One—in colors suggesting summer—comes in the super-sized Giant model. Edition Two taps the rich hues of fall. And Edition Three evokes the visual vocabulary of Dutch painter Mondrian’s De Stijl style of art.)
Of course, Sir Paul was scarcely a teen when the creator of the Type 75, Kenneth Grange, released what would be the first of a lifetime of design sensations, the Kodak Brownie in 1959. He would follow up with the Kodak Instamatic 11 years later, not to mention British Rails high-speed trains (1976) and the updated London Taxi (1997). Grange, now a Sir, naturally, modernized another classic when he conceived the Type 75 for Anglepoise in 2004, as an update to its archetypal and namesake table lamp introduced 7 decades earlier by George Carwardine.
A light that embodies so much British brilliance and history just might rank Edition Four at the top of the series.