Bestlite BL1 Table Light Matt Black w Brass 1930
Designed by Robert Dudley Best in 1930, the Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp is a coveted design worldwide with strong references to Bauhaus. Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, personally chose the Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp for his desk in the Whitehall and history records that Churchill even took the lamp with him on his countless trips around the world. This was the big breakthrough for the Bestlite, which has made it a design classic today. The minimalistic yet distinctive design makes it the perfect fit for any home office, workspace, creative corner or even as the lighting at your bedside table or in the living room.
Materials: Stem in Brass, shade in aluminium
Colour: Brass/Soft Black Semi Matt
Bulb: 470 lumen – 40W incandescent, 28W halogen or 4-6W LED (not included)
Size: Stem H 44.5 cm, Extended H 84 cm, Base Dia 21.6 cm, Shade Dia 16 cm.
The Designer: Robert Dudley Best (1892–1984) was a British manufacturer deeply involved with the Modern design movement in and immediately after the interwar years. He took over Best & Lloyd, his father’s light industrial engineering works in Birmingham, having previously trained as a metal designer at art school in Düsseldorf. He went on to design the Bestlite, an iconic Bauhaus-styled desk lamp that remains in production and was used by Winston Churchill in Whitehall.
Best was an early apostle of the posture therapist F.M. Alexander of the Alexander technique, campaigned for better art-school education for industrial apprentices, and was a founder of the Common Wealth Party in 1942. His social circle included a group of Birmingham artists and intellectuals including Prof. Philip Sargant Florence and others associated with Birmingham University. He also befriended Nikolaus Pevsner during Pevsner’s 15 months in Birmingham between 1934-5, and hosted the first visit of Walter Gropius to the Midlands after Gropius’s departure from Germany in 1935.
The Brand: Bauhaus influenced Bestlite (by Gubi) has been in continuous production since 1930. With Winston Churchill numbered amongst its many famous users the company was sure to be onto a good thing! Conceived by Robery Dudley Best to this day the light stays true to its industrial roots and original design
The Bestlite design stays close to its industrial roots and true to its original design. Bestlite is held in permanent collections at both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Design Museum in London. Loved by architects, designers and design aficionados throughout its long history, today, Bestlite has become a contemporary classic.