Angelpoise Lamp is an iconic pieces of Industrial Design that has always captivated my attention. My earliest memory of this lamp is from my childhood when I would see Dad reading under the light of this lamp late into the night. The lamp’s shade was of a faded green colour, perhaps because of the heat from the incandescent bulb in it. As a curious kid, I had burned my fingers quite a few times while fiddling with it and was not a fan of the weird mechanical contraption.
Much later, I realized that it was a replica of the iconic Angelpoise and truly understood its remarkable design. Angelpoise lamp is a design classic and has found a mention in popular songs, books and sculptures.
It is also popularly known as the architect’s lamp or the task lamp. The adjustable lamp characterised by its pioneering balance mechanism was designed by George Carwardine, an Automotive engineer, in 1932.
Numerous variations and interpretations of this famous lamp have been created since then. The adjustable arms and the underlying mechanism is also widely copied and used for other devices.
It’s wonderful to see how folks have incorporated this iconic design and its numerous interpretations into their everyday lives and spaces.
Have you been an admirer of any such iconic designs? Let me know your favorites in the comments.