Robert Dudley Best's lighting designs are some of the most iconic pieces ever to be produced in the UK, and our version of his classic BL1 Table Lamp is faithful to the original in every way. Its thick, pointed shade gives focus and clarity of light to a table setting, while its adjustable stand means it can be adapted into a stylish desk lamp. Its sleek metal neck and fitting add a dash of classy Art Deco style to any room it stands in.
As the heir to the world's largest lighting factory, in the mid-1920s, Robert Dudley Best decided to update his company's product range, embarking on a research trip to mainland Europe. After visiting the Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe-inspired work of the International Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris, he decided to study industrial design in Paris and Dusseldorf. Heavily influenced by his friend, Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus movement, he produced the Bestlite Lamp series, which blended the Art Deco and Bauhaus styles beautifully. With its style and adaptability, the BL1 has become one of the most celebrated pieces in British design history. The Bestlite series also include Bestlite BL3 Floor Lamp, Bestlite BL5 Wall Lamp and Bestlite BL7 Wall Lamp.
1892 - 1984 (England)
Born in Birmingham, England in the late 19th Century, Robert Dudley Best was a man with lighting in his blood. As the heir to the world's largest lighting factory, he was always destined to step into the field of interior design, but his eccentricity and flair pushed his designs into a direction that few could have predicted. In the mid-20s, feeling that his company's range was outdated, he took on a major tour of Europe, visiting the Exhibition of Modern Art in Paris, where he was heavily influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. He would go onto study design in Paris and Dusseldorf, meeting and befriending Walter Gropius, the co-founder of the Bauhaus Movement in the process. It was Gropius who would leave a lasting impression on his work, which is present in his most famous range, the Bestlite Series.
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