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Borrowing from the Anglepoise classic, the Type 75 Wall Light offers subtle but highly adaptable lighting that melds with nearly any interior space. Mounted to the wall or ceiling, the fully adjustable shade focuses light wherever it is needed. It’s a version of the lamp that British design master Sir Kenneth Grange once called a “minor miracle of balance.” And, as this wall model illustrates, also a design template of unparalleled utility in its many laudable variations.
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.