Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp
British icon and statesman Sir Winston Churchill personally chose BL1 Table Lamp for his desk, cementing its maker Bestlite in the public imagination. Launched in 1930, British designer Robert Dudley Best created this clean-lined lamp with a flexible arm and movable shade in the spirit of the then-reigning school of Bauhaus. (Interestingly, an Architects Journal feature lauding Bestlite was the first evidence of Bauhaus in England.) With its refined functionality, Bestlite was first adopted by the Royal Air Force engineering departments but, more than 80 years on, today it is more commonly seen in a workspace, home office or even as bedside lighting.
- 20-32.7" h x 8.3" dia (51-83x21cm)
- Shade: 5.5" h x 6.3" dia (14x16cm)
- Cord length: 78.7" (200cm)
Chrome-plated steel or brass
- UL Listed
- Blub not included
Design is an unceasing continuum, believes this Danish house, now owned by a second generation. Owner and creative director Jacob Gubi Olsen inherited the helm from his parents Gubi and Lisbeth Larson, who founded the business to showcase their postmodern furniture. Under Jacob’s watch, Gubi added a global focus to its roots in Copenhagen, with a cosmopolitan array of furniture, lighting and interior objects.
Alongside 20th Century icons such as Robert Dudley Best and Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the design house has championed a new wave of design studios including GamFratesi, Space Copenhagen and OeO Studio. “I started out with two very strong designs, Bestlite—a Bauhaus collection designed in 1930—and Gubi Chair, designed in 2003. I felt they had something in common,” says Jacobs. “Iconic appearance, functional design, high quality, aesthetic design language and adaptable for many different kinds of interiors. I took these values as a guideline for any new designs added to the collection ever since.”