Peter Farran

Design Classic Number 43: Anglepoise Lamp Review

In Design, Design Classics on May 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Type 75 Anglepoise LampImage by Peter Farran

Anglpoise Lamp Shines under the Spotlight

 

Creator:  George Carwardine
Created: 1934
Origin: Bath, England

The Type 75 Anglepoise lamp arrives attractively packaged in a printed carton. The polystyrene clamshell inside affords protection in transit but is a little disappointing not least environmentally. The package is surprisingly compact for what is a large lamp but  this does mean there is some assembly but which can be achieved in a couple of minutes with only the tightening of one small bolt with the provided allen key.

In use the lamp is beautifully elegant due to the Kenneth Grange update on an already tried and tested design. It’s well engineered, carefully finished and functions superbly. There are some nice details which set it apart from its’ numerous imitations such as the inset Anglepoise badge at the foot of the lamp and the extra sturdy brushed aluminium base.

The design and engineering can’t be faulted for what is a mid range price tag and this lamp looks as good close up as from afar. It feels like it will last a life time and it’s just a pity they’re still not made in the UK. Having said that it’s a beautifully elegant well engineered design classic at a fair and affordable price.

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