In Design, Design Classics on May 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Image by Peter Farran
Anglpoise Lamp Shines under the Spotlight
Creator: George Carwardine
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.
In Design, Design Classics on July 10, 2013 at 1:53 am
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Deck Chair Doubles Up as a Dutiful Design Classic
Creator: John Thomas Moore
Origin: Macclesfield, UK
The origin of the humble deck chair, in it’s most common form, of hinged, interlocking, rectangular, wooden frames with brightly colored, striped canvas seat is prolific where ever sun and sea are in abundance. It can be carried flat and with a little practice can be assembled in a few simple steps and the level of inclination, adjusted to individual preference.
The deck chair became increasingly popular, as the working classes flocked to beaches such as Brighton where deck chairs were rented by the day. Although folding wooden chairs in various forms have been known since Egyptian times, it wasn’t until 1886 that the current form was patented and manufactured in quantity for customers such as Brighton Beach and even the Titanic.
First production, of the classic deck chair, took place in Macclesfield, near Manchester in the UK in line with it’s significance as a centre of the industrial revolution. The creator of the deck chair John Thomas Moore deserves credit, through his patent for standardizing the design and bring it to the masses in such a practical and enduring form.
In Design Classics, Furniture on July 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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Everlasting Emeco in More Ways Than One
Creator: Wilton Carlyle Dinges
Origin: Hanover, Pennsylvania
I couldn’t help but notice a shining example of the Emeco 1006 Aluminum Navy Chair on the popular Dr. House TV series. This heavy duty, multi purpose, hand fabricated, aluminum chair was born out of the US Navy’s need for a robust yet lightweight chair appropriate for standard issue on aircraft carriers and submarines.
The Emeco 1006 Navy Chair is still made in the USA, by hand, through a 77 step process which includes, among others, folding, forming, welding, heat treating, anodizing and grinding. Design and production started in 1944 and was ramped up massively after a successful demonstration to the US navy where by a sample chair was thrown from an eighth floor window without damage except for some superficial scratches.
Emeco is still based in Hanover, Pennsylvania in the North Eastern United States and serves as a testament to the work of Wilton Carlyle Dinges, master tool and die maker, who created the 1006 with such strength and beauty that it can be guaranteed for 150 years and is set to become an enduring American design classic. As well as a technical background Dinges apparently had an appreciation for the work of sculptor Rodin which may account for the successful marriage of strength and beauty in the Emeco 1006 Aluminium Navy Chair.