GE­ORGE CAR­WAR­DINE

1887-1947

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As the Bri­tish au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try ex­panded in the

1920s, au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer Ge­orge Car­war­dine was ex­per­i­ment­ing with car sus­pen­sion sys­tems from the com­pany he had set up in his home town of Bath. Dur­ing this time, he de­vel­oped an in­no­va­tive mech­a­nism based on the prin­ci­ples of spring ten­sion that could be ma­noeu­vred with the light­est touch and would hold in vir­tu­ally any po­si­tion, o!er­ing a pos­si­bil­ity of move­ment sim­i­lar to that of the human arm. He re­alised that the mech­a­nism was per­fect for a task lamp for work­shops and fac­to­ries. Car­war­dine "led patents for a num­ber of bril­liant in­ven­tions dur­ing his life­time, but it is the Anglepoise that is his legacy, a de­vel­op­ment de­scribed by revered prod­uct de­signer and De­sign Di­rec­tor of Anglepoise since 2003, Sir Ken­neth Grange, as ‘a mi­nor mir­a­cle of bal­ance’.

You can even en­joy the beauty of Anglepoise in your gar­den with the com­pany’s range of gi­ant out­door lamps, from £3,100.

Launched in 1935 and con­sid­ered the ar­che­typal Anglepoise, the Orig­i­nal 1227 pi­o­neered the unique con­stant spring tech­nol­ogy for flex­i­bil­ity and also bal­ance.

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