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At triple the standard size, the wall-mounted Original 1227 Giant Lamp brings a striking and slightly surreal quality to any surroundings. This larger-than-life version of the signature Anglepoise design by British inventor and engineer George Carwardine features total control of where the light shines via its characteristic articulated arm. Lacking any footprint, it's unobtrusive when tucked against a wall out of use but easily swings into action to illuminate the proceedings.
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.