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Two Icons Of British Design Meet – Anglepoise + Paul Smith

Anglepoise + Paul Smith

Today two icons of British design meet, as Sir Paul Smith reveals his colourful take on the Anglepoise Type75 table lamp.

A perfect marriage of function and form that has remained unchanged for over 70 years, the Anglepoise lamp is a true icon of British design. How fitting then, that Britain’s best loved and most successful fashion designer has been given this opportunity to create a typically bright and playful version of the design classic.


Anglepoise + Paul Smith

Anglepoise + Paul Smith

Fans of Paul’s SS14 collection will recognise that acid pink tones of this season’s clothing have been replicated on his version of the Type75. Alongside this, Paul’s Anglepoise features a series of complementary pastel shades and a signed base.

A true icon of design, the Anglepoise lamp was originally created, almost by accident, by the automotive engineer George Carwardine. It all started with the now-famous springs which hold the Anglepose in position. Carwardine had developed a new type of spring in 1932 which could be moved in every direction while retaining its rigidity. After some tinkering, Carwardine realised that these new flexible springs could be put to good use on a new poseable lamp suitable for the workshop.

After perfecting his design, Carwardine licensed his new lamp to Herbert Terry & Sons, a manufacturer based at Redditch. The product was an instant success and a domestic version was introduced in 1936.

Since its initial release the Anglepose has been fettled and finessed, but the initial design remains largely unchanged. In fact, in testament to the clarity and elegance of the original design, the new Type75 bares the strongest resemblance to George Carwardine’s original lamp, first fashioned by over 70 years ago.


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