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With a nod to compact spaces, the Type 75 Mini Wall Light offers a diminutive rendition of the iconic Anglepoise shade. Although scaled-down, the Mini powers up to provide the the same fully adjustable illumination as the large original. Alone or perhaps in a pair, the spare lines and fine finishes suit any room and and the light can be installed on a wall or a ceiling. Britain's Sir Kenneth Grange, who refreshed the design for the current day, has called the Type 75 a "minor miracle of balance" and the Mini is but more evidence of Anglepoise's enviable balancing act.
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.