Paul Smith takes a Giant leap with Anglepoise's supersized floor lamp Type 75. In striking tones of sky blue, acid yellow and chalky pink, the famed British designer projects his striking sense of color and visual whimsy onto this Brobdingnagian version of a design icon. With precision-machined components and a rotating shade, it's both a highly functional lamp and an artful statement piece.
Shade: 18.5" h x 16.5" dia (47x42cm)
Max reach: 106" (269cm) from base to shade
Base diameter: 23.75" (60.3cm)
Cable length: 177.25" (450.2cm)
Aluminum, stainless steel
Anglepoise® constant tension spring technology
Voltage: 110/120V, 50/60 Hz
Maximum permitted bulb: 60W Halogen (not included)
Plug: 2-blade US plug to NEMA 1-15
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.