The Bestlite series can only be described as simply iconic. Designed by Robert Dudley Best (1892-1984), heir to the world’s largest lighting manufacturing company Best & Lloyd, the initial designs in this timeless collection were born in 1930. Inspired by Bauhaus, Industrialism, and Modernism, Dudley Best drew on extensive knowledge and educational experience to create the Bestlite collection, which would solidify his place in design history. Following Bauhaus principles, Dudley did away with the trimmings and traditional details of the Best & Lloyd products at the time, with the ultimate goal of creating a functional, practical, and elegant design. Almost an entire century later, the Bestlite design remains a quintessential and sought-after lighting design.
BL1 TABLE LAMP
Robert Dudley Best
Simply stunning, BL1 in brass is a wonderfully sleek and undeniably elegant lighting design. Though initially designed 90 years ago, this iconic lamp feels incredibly contemporary in today’s interiors, perfect for illuminating bedrooms, living rooms, lounges, home offices, and more. In honor of the 90th anniversary of this iconic design, a new black brass version for the BL1 has been introduced, as pictured above. The sleek, black brass pairs beautifully with almost any color and style in a space, while the height-adjustable brass arm adds increased functionality and convenience. The BL1 was the first design in the Bestlite series, and this versatile light would influence a wide range of models shortly thereafter.
BL9 PENDANT
Robert Dudley Best
A minimalist and elegant pendant light, the BL9 finds the iconic bestlite shade transitioning into a stylish and approachable suspension lamp. The BL9 finds itself fitting seamlessly into a wide range of spaces to meet a variety of functions, from residential spaces and offices to hotels, restaurants, and boutiques. The design is unequivocally stylish, offering an ideal solution for illuminating your space from above. Available in four different sizes, with shade available in matte black, matte white, and matte ivory with chrome fittings or in all brass.
BL7 WALL LIGHT
Robert Dudley Best
In designing the Bestlite series, Dudley had both commercial and domestic use in mind and believed that lighting should be functional and practical as well as elegant. This vision, and commitment to versatility, comes to life once again in the BL7, which feels just at home in traditional contemporary spaces as it does alongside traditional or mid-century designs. With a different shape and silhouette from previous Bestlite designs, the BL7 feels similar enough to the earlier Bestlite designs to be placed in the same environment, with enough innovation and uniqueness to set itself apart.
BL2 TABLE LAMP
Robert Dudley Best
Cool, sleek chrome or brass hardware contrasts enticingly against the smooth, matte shade in the BL2 table light. Branching away slightly from the initial Bestlite silhouette, the BL2 boasts an elegant curved shape while still adhering to a tasteful sense of simplicity. Sophisticated and minimalist, the design has the potential to transform desks and workspaces into stylish, appealing, and inviting spaces. Whether you’re working from home or returning to the office, the BL2 is the perfect addition to complete your desk setup.
BL5 WALL LAMP
Robert Dudley Best
After visiting the Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris in 1925, Robert Dudley enrolled at the School of Industrial Design in Düsseldoft and in Paris. Dudley was interested in breaking the barriers between industrial and artistic merit, and it was during this period that Dudley Best made the first sketches of what would become the iconic Bestlite design. He would later expand the original Bestlite design, transforming the style and convenience of the table lamp into an elegant sconce in the BL5. Offering an entirely different way for this versatile design to illuminate a space, the design still manages to look exceptionally elegant in this iteration.