"Paint it black" famously sang the Rolling Stones and now fellow Brit countryman Paul Smith drenches Anglepoise's Type 75 in a noir tone from its screws and fittings to its signature springs. While going over to the dark side in his collaboration on Sir Kenneth Grange's desk lamp, Smith still adds the Artist Stripe that nods to his signature color-play. The task light's renowned spring-arm functionality remains a standout, along with the in-shade on-off switch and stable cast-iron base.
- 20.5" h x 16.9" w (52x43cm)
- Shade: 7.5" h x 5.7" dia (19x14.5cm)
- Base: 7.9" dia (20cm)
- Max reach (from base to shade): 28" (71.2cm)
- Cable length: 78.7" (200cm)
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.