Bestlite BL9 XL Pendant Light
The Bestlite BL9 Pendant in four sizes and in a numerous of finishes was designed in 1930 by the Bauhaus influenced British designer Robert Dudley Best. With its great heritage and contemporary look, the BL9 Pendant is a coveted design worldwide. Putting the simple yet classic lamp shade in focus, characteristic for the whole collection, the BL9 Pendant gives a directed light perfectly suited for kitchen and dining settings in any interior style.
The Bestlite lamp design was first adopted by garages and the Royal Air Force engineering departments due to its great functionality. 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: Aluminium or Brass
– 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 rosette height: 35 mm
Lamp rosette diameter: Ø120 mm
Shade height: 500 mm
Shade: Powder coated aluminium Shade diameter: Ø600 mm
Ceiling cup: Chromed steel Cord – total length w/sw: App. 2500 mm
Cord – exposed out of lamp: App. 1980 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.