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In 1932, when vehicle suspension engineer George Carwardine invented a spring, crank and lever mechanism that could be positioned with the lightest of touch yet would maintain its position once released, a blueprint for the first Anglepoise task lamp was born. The Anglepoise lamp has subsequently achieved iconic status and its engaging, anthropomorphic form is recognised and admired all around the world. From the creation of the Original 1227™ lamp, to the development of extended collections by esteemed industrial product designer Sir Kenneth Grange, to recent collaborations with renowned designers Paul Smith and Margaret Howell, incomparable British design remains at the heart of this progressive British brand. Today, Anglepoise lamps can be found in homes and of offices, restaurants, bars and hotels in more than 50 countries.

More than ever, we need to support our young designers and future talent but we must do so by encouraging creativity with a social conscience. Design has the power to make a positive impact on our world so if we want entrants to remember one thing when putting together their entry it is this quote from our friend and creative genius Sir John Hegarty: ‘Will the planet thank you?’

It’s been a tough year for all students and those in the early stage of their career but the last 12 months have hit those who are economically and socially disadvantaged the hardest. We particularly welcome entries from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds.