Characterised by a pioneering perfect balance mechanism developed in the 1930’s and an engaging anthropomorphic form, iconic, quintessentially British brand, Anglepoise® produces an incomparable series of premium lighting collections, ideally suited both for the home and for commercial interiors.
From the creation of our now iconic Orignal 1227™ lamp, the brainchild of British automotive engineer, George Carwardine … to the development of extended collections by esteemed industrial product designer, Sir Kenneth Grange … to our most recent venture, a collaboration with Britain’s foremost designer, Paul Smith, incomparable British design is the heart and soul of our company.
Not so surprising then that examples of our lamps can be found in homes and offices, restaurants, bars and hotels - and even in museums - all around the world; nor that the Royal Mail should celebrate our Original 1227™ design alongside such fine British Design Classics as the Mini, Penguin books and the Routemaster Bus.
Invented by a car designer
In 1932 automotive engineer, George Carwardine develops a formula for a new type of spring. He discovers that pivoting arms, supported by a sequence of these springs, can be repositioned with the lightest touch, yet will remain perfectly in place once released. Carwardine has just created the blueprint for an Anglepoise®.
Licensed to a spring maker
Carwardine turns to world-class spring makers, Herbert Terry and Sons, to manufacture his design. Terry’s is one of the few companies able to produce springs of such complexity. The Anglepoise® name is registered under licence to Terry’s, and the first Anglepoise® lamp, the 4-spring model is launched.
Reworked for a domestic market
Considering the four-spring Anglepoise® too industrial for a domestic market, Carwardine and Terry’s designers develop a three-spring version. The ..