Tribute: The Anglepoise Mini 75


There were so many photo opportunities and so many tweets about this lamp that it only made sense to turn them into a post. I would also love to give you some background about how I came to choose these desk lamps over other and share a good tip for getting them just a tiny bit cheaper.

To start with, what is now 6 months ago, I took Surface View's creative challenge and set about transforming a first floor room that was being used as a home office for my better half (BH). Now I love BH but he has a love for gadget. Gadgets come with cables and I could see everything when I entered the room so it got a bit too much and I decided to ban him from the room until I could re-configure it.

You can read about the room make-over here.

This is what my office USED to look like!

Fast forward to today and this is what the room pretty much looked like until a week ago (minus my faithful HP touchscreen which is now used for Jr's homework, while I have upgraded to an iMac).


Getting there - halfway point to designing my workspace

The suspension lights (madeindesign.com) have LED bulbs which are not very strong and give away a not very white light, so working in the evening in the room was not too good. Plus when working really late I wanted to be able to have just a smaller desk lamp close by and that's it. So I started researching a few options out there before deciding which lamp (or lamps) to go for. There were some pretty obvious choices there.

1. MUUTO WOOD TABLE LAMP

A modern design from TAF Architects, this lamp is actually a bit bulky but was really drawn to the material. My inspiration when creating my home office was actually the photo below, so I figured it would be too much copy-paste going for the lamp as well. Having said that, the lamp is exceptionally well made and I would recommend it without hesitation.

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

There are many choices online and the difference was great so do as I do: shop around. The best way to see comparable cost is use the google "shopping" option. If I didn't try that, I would have gone straight to nest.co.uk or madeindesign.co.uk. Both websites sell the lamp but with different shipping costs. However, with a little shopping around you can actually also find it cheaper!

Madeindesign.co.uk - £119 + £4.90 = £123.90 (available early October)

Nest.co.uk - £119 + £6.95 = £125.95 (4 weeks production time)

nunido.co.uk - £110 + free shipping (5-10 day delivery time)

Given that I wanted 2x of these lamps, going to nunido.co.uk would have saved me a cool £30 and I could possibly have my lamps earlier. Having said that, I have not as yet used nunido.co.uk so I cannot comment how well they deliver on the service front.



The MUUTO wooden table lamp, £119, nest.co.uk

2. UNIVERSO POSITIVO MERLIN LAMP

This lamp is designed by Thomas Merlin. It's size is such that two of them could be accomodated on my long but narrow workspace. Again, love the wood being used. Simple. Does the job.

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

nest.co.uk sell it for £72 and had "ready to ship" availability when I checked (26/9/15).


3. FLOS TAB TABLE LAMP by Barber Osgerby

Minimally styled, the slender frame of the Tab provides a strikingly modern silhouette. While its proportions may seem slight, the distinctive design of this table lamp's folded shade evenly distributes light with a movable neck allowing for angled illuminations. Pretty similar to the above, however as it is individually made to order, expect to wait up to 6 weeks to receive it.

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

HEAL's sell it for £205 (free shipping)

artissimaluce.co.uk sell it for £153 +£25.70 for "insurance contribution" = £173.50 but shipping may take up to 20 days.

clippings.com sell it for £174.25 with free shipping.

You get the point, shop around and you can definitely get a better price!


4. WILSON TABLE LAMP

A slim and tall lamp in matt black with brass detail, this was lovely to look at but did not go that well with the overall decor. It may end up in BH's office however! Crafted in Denmark, its simple design bears the hallmarks of Scandinavian style and function. Its angled head allows for directional movement of the light, making it suitable for use as a reading aid in any room in the home or office interior.

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

Heal's sell it for £110 and shipping (2-4 days) is free.


5. THE ANGLEPOISE MINI TYPE 75 - THE CHALLENGE WINNER

This is meant to be a tribute to the Anglepoise, so here is my desk lamp of choice. I bought two of these in 'Alpine'. They arrived within a couple days, well packaged in their individual boxes (very cool actually) and included low energy bulbs (most importantly they included lamps, that's it!).

Their size is perfect for my narrow but long work space and helps when two of us are working in the room.

The colour - white - is flat and looks beautiful against the Railings dark wall of the room. Robust, well made, this was a clear winner and possibly the best value of money I have come across as you also get a very trendy lamp.


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photo: seasonsincolour

Above: Billy Bookcase and Micke desks (two desks side by side) all by IKEA. Wall art: Prisoner by DOLK via Pictures on Walls, The Chinese girl by Angelique Houtkamp via nellyduff.com and African Boy photo by Matilda Temperlay via Lumitrix. Eames DAW chairs. Suspension lights Bi Kage Triple Pendant with lampholder by Sotto Luce via madeindesign.com. Zebra trophy head by Anthropologie. Lamps Mini Type 75 Anglepoise in Alpine.

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And just to show you how versatile these lamps are, I put them in the guest bedroom too (never mind the dead salmon on the chair and side table, these will be turning 'napoleonic blue' by Annie Sloan soon!).

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photo: seasonsincolour


Where can you get this lamp and how much does it cost?

This retails for £105 on AMARA, Houseology (+£6.95 shipping) and the Anglepoise website, but I got mine for £95 with free delivery from Lights4living.com. In addition, I got an extra 5% off for subscribing to their newsletter. A total of £179.50 or £35 less than other online retail shops.

I hope you feel inspired seeing these pictures and maybe you picked up a few tips in getting a better price for products bought online!

If you want to to find more about Anglepoise then head over to the STUDIO. Initially exclusive to UK customers at Anglepoise.com, Studio is where you will find a greatly enhanced colour offer for some of the best-loved Anglepoise® designs. Venture into the Anglepoise® Studio today and be spoilt for choice. First off the mark is the brand new Original 1227™ Mini Studio Desk Lamp. A scaled-down version of the most iconic 1930’s Anglepoise®, with its characteristic anthropomorphic form and cute, ‘mini’ demeanour here is a design that lends itself beautifully to the Studio treatment.


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