The original metal BestLite BL1 (right) desk lamp was inspired by a visit to Paris’s ‘Exposition Internationale Des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’ in 1925. The expo showcased many Bauhaus designs, with their revolutionary appearance requiring an equally new approach to lighting. Designed by Robert Dudley Best (1892–1984). Best studied design in Paris and Düsseldorf, and was good friends with Bauhaus principal Walter Gropius.
What makes it special
The simple design of the BestLite was ahead of its time – the influential Architects’ Journal declared it the first manifestation of Bauhaus in the UK. It has been in continuous production since 1930 and is part of the collection of the Design Museum in London. According to legend, Winston Churchill used a BestLite desk lamp in his air-raid shelter during World War II.