The Anglepoise lamp is much more than just a light fixture; it's a masterpiece of mechanical engineering, designed in 1933 by British automotive and industrial engineer George Carwardine. His revolutionary idea? A flexible and adjustable lamp that provides targeted and stable lighting, an innovative concept for its time.

The Invention of the Spring System
Carwardine, a brilliant engineer and passionate tinkerer, developed a novel type of spring that could stretch in all directions while retaining its shape and stiffness. Patented on July 7, 1932, this spring was in search of a practical application. Carwardine's inspiration led him to experiment with a light source, drawing on the movements of the human arm. The result was a lamp mounted on three rods, held in position by this new type of spring.

Birth of a Concept
The concept of an articulated lamp, dubbed "Equipoising springs," was presented to Herbert Terry & Sons, one of the leading British spring manufacturers. This partnership led to the production of the very first version of the Anglepoise lamp, the 1208, in 1934. However, deemed too industrial, the 1208 was quickly adapted into a model more suitable for home use, leading to the development of the Anglepoise 1227 lamp with a three-tiered base in 1935.

The Brand Archetype: The 1227
The Original 1227 model of Anglepoise is considered the archetype of the brand. Its timeless design and balanced spring mechanism revolutionized work lighting, allowing for unprecedented flexibility and perfect stability. This model set the standard for all future articulated light fixtures.

Today, Anglepoise continues to celebrate Carwardine's legacy by preserving the essence of his spring system in every lamp produced. This legacy of innovation and British industrial design remains at the heart of each new Anglepoise creation, providing not only high-quality lighting but also a piece of design history to its users.

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