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As summer turns to autumn, so too the Type 75 Desk Lamp: Paul Smith Edition Two “hues” to a deeper, richer palette. The acclaimed British designer known as a master colorist combines dark jewel tones with slate blue and cool grey. Then, in signature fashion, he punctuates the mix with a dollop of bold orange in his second adaptation of the Anglepoise classic. The adjustable-arm lamp has been beloved by Brits almost since its inventor, automobile designer George Carwardine, first patented a new kind of helical spring that he used to create the forerunner to the Type 75 in the 1930s. Now this post-modern makeover proves its timeless appeal.
Here’s the unlikely tale of how an iconic British design literally "sprung" from an amateur inventor’s workshop. More than 70 years ago, automotive engineer George Carwardine, tinkering with constant-tension metal springs developed by the French firm Terry’s, found they could be moved in any direction but then “stayed put.” He didn’t find an application for cars but envisioned a task lamp based on the mechanics of the human arm. Notably, he added a shade to focus the light which meant that it used less electricity than usual at the time.
With patent in hand in 1934, George debuted the first Anglepoise at the British Industries Fair. Since then, his original model 1227 and succeeding variations have proved timeless to generations of students, artists and professionals. Anglepoise lamps were produced for World War II bombers, celebrated in a Royal Mail stamp and have inspired tributes from musicians, artists and writers. With new energy-saving strides, the Anglepoise remains true to its defining minimalist design and efficiency.