Centre of attention: Anglepoise reveals new trio of Original 1227 desk lamps
London’s iconic Centre Point building is getting a makeover, courtesy of property developers Almacantar. To celebrate, the equally iconic lighting company Anglepoise will release three special editions paying tribute to the building’s architectural textures.
Earlier this year, London-based print designers Eley Kishimoto were commissioned to create a print inspired by the building, to be used as a wrap for the 385 ft tall structure while it undergoes refurbishment. The subtle graphic patterns are inspired by the building's 1960s architecture, referencing its structure, lights and shadows.
A trio of black and white prints from the same series will also be applied to the inner surfaces of three new, all-black iterations of Anglepoise's 'Original 1227' desk lamp – originally designed in the 1930s by George Carwardine – to be released in September. ‘This project allowed us to develop challenging new technical skills,’ says Simon Terry, the company's innovation and brand director. ‘For the first time, we have applied a complex geometric pattern onto the inside of the shade.’
For Almacantar development director Kathrin Hersel (the brain behind this collaboration), this is a fantastic way to celebrate both the building’s past and future: ‘a unique interpretation of the collision of two unmistakable designs,’ she explains.