Centre of attention: Anglepoise reveals new trio of Original 1227 desk lamps

To celebrate the iconic Centre Point's makeover, the equally iconic lighting company Anglepoise is releasing three special edition desk lamps that pay tribute to the building’s architectural texture
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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.

Eley Kishimoto

Earlier this year, designers Eley Kishimoto were commissioned to create a print with which to wrap the 385 ft tall building while undergoing refurbishment

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Desk lamp

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The new iteration of Anglepoise's iconic 1227 Desk Lamp, designed in the 1930s by George Cawardine, will be released in September in three all-black versions. Inside the lampshades will be a trio of prints by the London-based design duo wrapping the building

Graphic patterns

The graphic patterns are inspired by Centre Point’s 1960s architecture and reference its structure, lights and shadows

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.