The Studio K desk lamp was designed by Bill Iggulden and first manufactured in 1962, and was immediately lauded by designers and architects, and won the Australian Design Award.
The Studio K desk lamp was manufactured by Planet Lighting. Originally an engineering company that designed the Speedscrew Floor Clamp in the 1920s and the Bently Fibro Cutter in the 1930s, it is little wonder that the Studio K lamp inherited an industrial aesthetic. The lamp is a successful adaptation to the existing parallegram spring balance arm lamp idea which was first defined by the British Anglepoise lamp in 1934. Bill Iggulden worked for a caravan manufacturer when he was a young man and designed a window with a spring-balanced mechanism, and this helped with his first lighting design, the Orbit lamp of 1939, which greatly informed the design of the Series K.
Examples of the Series K lamp have been displayed by the Louvre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.