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Homes and Antiques Magazine - - ANTIQUES NOW -

Au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer Ge­orge Car­war­dine ! rst patented his idea for an in ! nitely "ex­i­ble

task light in 1932. With springs at the heart of his de­sign, he went into part­ner­ship with in­dus­trial spring man­u­fac­turer Her­bert Terry & Sons, and Anglepoise was born. The ! rst model, the 1208, was made for in­dus­trial use, but Car­war­dine re­alised the po­ten­tial for homes and o"ces too, and came up with the Orig­i­nal 1227 desk lamp, launched in 1935. Over the years, the de­sign has been care­fully re! ned and up­dated with new mod­els added, es­pe­cially since the ar­rival of Sir Ken­neth Grange as De­sign Di­rec­tor of Anglepoise in the early 2000s. It has since ap­peared in mini and gi­ant forms; as col­lab­o­ra­tions with Paul Smith and Margaret How­ell; as #oor and wall lamps; and as pen­dant shades. This Oc­to­ber sees the lat­est launch – the 90 Mini Mini, around half the scale of a stan­dard lamp (take a look at it on page 19).

Anglepoise has stayed rel­e­vant by pro­gress­ing with the times, but at the heart of its suc­cess is the orig­i­nal iconic de­sign, model 1227 (from £195, Anglepoise) from which it has never strayed far.

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