Type 75 Desk Lamp: Margaret Howell Edition
Few designers can claim a more authentic British ethos in aesthetic, craftsmanship and culture than Margaret Howell, whose men's and womenswear strikes a timeless modernity. After applying her mark to Brit legacy brand, Ercol, Margaret teamed up with another heritage house (and, like Ercol, A+R fave), Anglepoise, a lighting resource that everyone in the UK favors—including the Queen.
"I've lived with Anglepoise most of my life," Margaret recalls, "school homework under the light of an original black square-based Anglepoise, and later acquiring various colored styles designed in the 1960s and 1970s." Among her treasured Anglepoise lamps is one she rescued from a dumpster, Yellow Apex 90 that would inform the Ochre shade in her namesake capsule collection of Anglepoise's Type 75 lamp.
Saxon Blue rounds out the options, harkening to the ceramics and sweaters found in one of her serene London shops.
- 20.5" h x 16.9" w (52x43cm)
- Shade: 7.5" h x 5.7" dia (19x14.5cm)
- Max reach (from base to shade): 28" h (71.2cm)
- Base: 7.9" dia (19.5cm)
- Cable length: 79" (200.7cm)
Aluminum, cast iron, chrome
- UL listed
- Color temperature: 2700K
- Bulb included
Here’s the unlikely tale of how an iconic British design literally "sprung" from an amateur inventor’s workshop. More than 70 years ago, automotive engineer George Carwardine, tinkering with constant-tension metal springs developed by the French firm Terry’s, found they could be moved in any direction but then “stayed put.” He didn’t find an application for cars but envisioned a task lamp based on the mechanics of the human arm. Notably, he added a shade to focus the light which meant that it used less electricity than usual at the time.
With patent in hand in 1934, George debuted the first Anglepoise at the British Industries Fair. Since then, his original model 1227 and succeeding variations have proved timeless to generations of students, artists and professionals. Anglepoise lamps were produced for World War II bombers, celebrated in a Royal Mail stamp and have inspired tributes from musicians, artists and writers. With new energy-saving strides, the Anglepoise remains true to its defining minimalist design and efficiency.