November 09, 2016
From a long standing obsession with lever sprung mechanisms, George Carwardine was a practising automotive engineer in the early 1900’s. His focus for car suspension systems and the impeccably timed bankruptcy of his employer gave Carwardine the opportunity to design what became the blueprint for a British task lamp icon; the Anglepoise® Original™ 1227.
Born from the pedigree of automotive industrial UK engineering, the ‘1227’ was a three spring task lamp with unrivalled mobility. The cantilevered sprung mechanism enabled multi-dimensional movement across its given work surface. This new approach meant the user could easily reposition the metal spun shade over their work, held in equilibrium by the tension of springs. By 1934 this superbly adjustable, ultimately utilitarian design paved the way for what became George Carwardine’s long lasting legacy. Anglepoise® had been born.
In 2005, Anglepoise® was approached by the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre with an idea for an oversized version of the Original 1227™ lamp. The writer had always used the original lamp design inside his small wooden writing cabin. As homage to his written works for the Big Friendly Giant, Anglepoise® obliged to create just three models of this oversized version. In great response, each model was instantly sold. One lamp went to the Centre itself, another was purchased in a charity auction by the acclaimed film director Tim Burton and the third was exhibited at the design trade show '100% design' which drew significant response.
With such a successful reception for this big friendly lamp, earlier this year Anglepoise® exhibited a new giant lamp, designed by creative director Sir Kenneth Grange based on his Type 75™ design launched in 2004. Now available as the Type 75™ Giant, each component of this new model is made in the UK which is later hand built in Portsmouth. See images of the Type 75™ Giant and production process below.
NATIVE is a blog series intended to showcase select brands who implement product manufacture here in the UK. Admittedly, not all aspects of every product can be made here, however we are most interested in those that can.
UK production has changed dramatically over the decades. Like every industry, embracing change is vital, not just to survive but to thrive in conjunction with social, economic and technological advancement.
Recognition of businesses, old and new, that implement outright or even partial local production is something we are genuinely passionate about. As designers, it is our belief that people should know more about how, why and where great products are made in the UK.
NATIVE is our way of sharing this information.
"Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from very simple beginnings."
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