Anglepoise lamps are widely recognised as design classics. Designed with function in mind, they were originally referred to as "the task lamps", and have been widely used in homes ever since their launch in the early 1930s.
The blueprint for the lights was born in 1932 when engineer George Carwardine invented a spring mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet remain perfectly in place once released.
When production stopped during the Second World War, the Anglepoise design was adapted for army use. One of these Anglepoise aircraft lamps was discovered in 1986 in Loch Ness, after having being buried for more than four decades. Once the battery was replaced, it worked as normal. Arguably the lamps are robust as well as functional !
Over the years, the Anglepoise lamp has been developed under the careful watch of the founding Terry family, without ever losing sight of its primary function, and unique, characterful form.
George Carwadine's original designs are still in production and have been joined by creations by leading British designers; industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, Paul Smith and Margaret Howell.
Today, Anglepoise lamps can be found in homes and offices, restaurants, bars and hotels in more than 50 countries.