Designed by Robert Dudley Best in 1930, the Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp is a coveted design worldwide with strong references to Bauhaus.

Base finish
Black Brass
Base material
Brass
Cable
Textile-covered, black
Cable length
200cm
Country of origin
China
Dimmable
No
Lamp base diameter
21cm
Lamp height
51 - 83cm
Light bulb cap type
E14
Light bulbs included
No
Max wattage
28w
Recommended bulb
470 Lumen (~ 40W incandescent ~ 28W halogen ~ 4-6W LED)
Shade / stand finish
Black brass / Black brass
Shade diameter
16cm
Shade height
13cm
Shade material
Brass
Stand material
Brass
Suitable for outdoor use
No
Weight
3.44kg

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.

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.


Robert Dudley Best

Robert Dudley Best (1892-1984) was heir to the world's largest lighting factory, founded in Birmingham in 1840. Despite its proud history, Best felt that the lamp designs produced by the factory were outdated. In 1925, Best visited the International Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris, where many of the designs exhibited were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.

Inspired by what he had seen, Best began his studies of industrial design in Paris and Düsseldorf, where he became close friends with Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement. It was during this time that he made the first sketches of what would become the iconic Bestlite design.


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