Bestlite BL10 Wall Lamp
Initially adopted by tailors due to its flexible arm and the possibility to direct the light without making shadows, the Bestlite BL10 Wall Lamp, designed by Robert Dudley Best in 1930, is today highly used as a bedside lamp or as a reading lamp in the living room where this exceptional lamp adds character and intensity.
A feature in Architects Journal lauding Bestlite with the title of the first evidence of Bauhaus in Britain brought the lamp to the attention of the design conscious. Public demand for the Bestlite lamps soon followed and, when Winston Churchill personally chose the Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp for his desk, Bestlite’s iconic status was secured.
Materials: Stainless steel, shade in aluminium
– Socket: E14 base
– Recommended light source: All fluorescens light bulbs
– Recommended wattage: 9 W ≈ (40 WATT incandescent bulbs)
– Max wattage: 13 W
– Recommended light source: Halogen light bulb
– Recommended wattage: 28 W ≈ (40 WATT incandescent bulbs)
– Max wattage: 28 W
MEASUREMENT – L X W X H MM
Lamp height: 290 mm
Shade height: 140 mm
Shade diameter: Ø160 mm
Cord – total length w/sw: App. 2400 mm
Cord – exposed out of lamp: App. 2000 mm
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.