Bestlite has been in continuous production since 1930. Winston Churchill is numbered amongst its many famous users.

Colour
Gubi Metal Black
Depth
16cm
Dimmable
No
Height
116cm
Light bulb cap type
E14
Light bulb type
Halogen
Light bulbs included
No
Material
Powder Coated Aluminium Shade
Max wattage
30w
Secondary colour
Silver
Secondary material
Chrome-plated Steel
Suitable for outdoor use
No
Total cable length
200cm
Width
16cm

The Bestlite design was conceived by Robert Dudley Best who was highly influenced by the Bauhaus. Bauhaus was a school in Germany that merged practical crafts with the fine arts and became famous for the design concept that it publicized and taught. Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design and industrial design and Bauhaus style became one of the most influential forces behind Modernist architecture and modern design. Eighty years on, 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 throught its 80-year history, today, Bestlite enjoys global iconic status.


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 Despite its proud history, Best felt that the lamp designs produced by the factory were outdated.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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