For over 70 years, Anglepoise has created table lamps and task lights that are now regarded as British design classics. Anglepoise table lights remain true to George Carwardine’s original design whilst incorporating modern features, such as energy-saving bulbs. The energy-saving lamps are designed to replicate the intensity of light that is demanded by professionals, such as graphic artists and interior designers.
In 1855 Herbert Terry with his three eldest sons established Herbert Terry and Sons Ltd. George Carwardine in 1931 began developing a theoretical concept for balancing weights using springs, cranks and levers. Working with springs developed by Terry’s, a patent is filed and the first Anglepoise lamp is launched. A year after the design was complete, George Carwardine decided the four spring version was too industrial for the domestic market and the three spring version was designed in 1935, known as the Anglepoise 1227. On the day that the second world war is declared, the Anglepoise is advertised in the Telegraph as the 'ideal blackout lamp'. Lamps were later produced for the navigator’s chart table in WW2 and with post-war material shortages, manufactures substituted aluminium for steel. A team searching for the Loch Ness Monster in 1986 found a WW2 Wellington Bomber plane. It was raised from the water and fitted with a new battery the Anglepoise navigator’s light still worked!
The innovative sculptor David Mack in 1985 took 360 black Anglepoise lights to form a large, flowing hand for an exhibition at the Oxford Museum of Modern Art utilising the adjustability of the Anglepoise to create the desired form. In 2003 the highly respected product designer Kenneth Grange, responsible for the Kenwood Mixer, the Kodak Instamatic, 125 trains and the updated London black cab, turned his mind to the Anglepoise, creating the Type3, a classic in its own right. In 2004 Anglepoise Giant1227 is produced for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, a second is sold to film director Tim Burton, at a charity auction. The Giant created so much interest that it was put into volume production. In 2009 Anglepoise celebrated 75 years by reissuing the original 1227 design. It received recognition by being placed on a Royal Mail Stamp celebrating British Design classics including the Mini, Concorde, Routemaster, Polyprop chair and the Spitfire. twentytwentyone is an official stockist of Anglepoise lighting.