Designer and longtime Anglepoise collaborator Paul Smith is seeing the classic Type 75 in black and white these days, with his Edition Six in a milky hue as a counterpart to his all-noir Edition Five. No worries, though, Smith's take on Sir Kenneth Grange’s classic desk lamp still sports the bold signature of his multicolor Artist Stripe. Accented with black fittings, the redoubtable spring-arm design is up to any task, kitted out with a handy in-shade power 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 plated fittings
- 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.