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Original 1227 Mini Desk Lamp With Insert
Anglepoise & George Carwardine
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Jet Black: $270
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With its hard-mounted desk insert, this Mini 1227 version lends itself to complete customization of the workspace while providing space-saving efficiency. Inspired by original in the Anglepoise archive, with a cast-iron body and plated steel fittings and color-matched to the lamp finishes. Refinements such as a cable management option only enhance the authentic functionality of the one and only original constant-tension spring task lamp.

  • Shade: 5.5" h x 5" dia (14x13cm)
  • Max reach: 19.75" (50cm) from base to shade
  • Base: 5" l x 5" w (13x13cm)
  • Cable length: 71" (180cm)
  • Anglepoise® constant tension spring technology
  • Bulb included
  • Non-dimmable
  • Aluminum, steel, chrome, cast iron
  • Branded box
  • This item normally ships within 48 hours.
  • Voltage: 220/240V, 50/60Hz
  • E14 lamp holder
  • Maximum permitted bulb: 15W CFL / 6W LED E14
  • Luminous intensity: 470lm
  • Life: 15,000 hours
  • Color temperature: 2700K
  • CRI (Ra): 80


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.