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.