Monday, 23 November 2015

Interiors: Houseology and a new Anglepoise lamp

houseology anglepoise lamp review

Anglepoise lamps have been around since 1932 but remain an absolute design classic. That familiar shape combined with precision engineering results in one of the most perfect designs of the 20th century. No wonder they feature all over the place, from the Pixar ident to Royal Mail stamps celebrating the best of British.

When Houseology kindly asked if I'd like to review one, I jumped at the chance. To me, Anglepoise lamps are iconic - as much of a classic as Penguin books or the Mini. That's not to say they are old school. The thing about classic design is that it works with most interior styles, from polished modern to vintage industrial looks.

houseology anglepoise lamp review

I decided to put my black Anglepoise 1227 Table Lamp to use in my favourite reading nook. In one alcove of the dining room I have three shelves filled with my cookery books, and an armchair under the window in which to sit and read. (Yes, I am one of those foodie geeks who like to read recipe books!) The lamp is perfect here, and its infinite angles and bends mean I can get the light just right, whether I'm sitting upright or slouched down. The 1227 Table Lamp recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and here it sits alongside a photograph of my grandparents on their wedding day, Boxing Day 1938. I love the synchronicity of these two beautiful items from the same era placed together in 2015.

houseology anglepoise lamp review

Also shown is a print by Dee Dee Cheriel, a particularly lovely wooden fruit crate, and a neon pink wire fruit bowl from Tiger, showing that the Anglepoise 1227 Table Lamp is a pretty versatile light.

houseology anglepoise lamp review

Houseology recently launched their AW15 lookbook and there are some beautiful looks here. Below, I've picked out my three favourite festive images.

Ever seen How to Marry a Millionaire? This look reminds me a little of the lodge in Maine Betty Grable visits. Love those sheepskins!

 As Christmas dinner tables go, this is one I'd love to sit down at for a roast with all the trimmings.

I adore the geometric pattern on this crockery, and the understated frostiness of it all.

Which do you like best? Are you a fan of classic design? Do you share my love of reading recipe books?

Oh, and Houseology has put together a few tips on wintery lighting - go see!

Anglepoise lamp c/o Houseology.
All words are my own.
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