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Designed by Robert Dudley Best in the 1930s, the Bestlite BL3 floor lamp was highly influenced by the Bauhaus period and has been in continuous production since its launch. BL3 is a compact and highly functional floor lamp – thanks to its adjustable arm and movable shade, the light can be directed to every corner optimally. Even the British premier Winston Churchill fell for the Bestlite. In addition to having the table lamp on his desk in Whitehall, he also took Bestlite with him on his countless trips around the world. Loved by architects, designers and design lovers for decades, today Bestlite is a genuine global design icon.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Bestlite collection, Gubi launched a limited-edition collection of four iconic Bestlite lamps in 2020. Perfected with an industrial nickel finish designed to acquire a beautiful patina, the Bestlite 90 lamps pay homage to their heritage: the first Bestlite lamps produced in 1930 didn’t find their way into private homes as expected but were enthusiastically greeted by workshops and the British Royal Air Force, as the innovative and functional lamps were just what they needed. The Bestlite 90 lamps are only available in a limited number, and each of the unique lamps comes with a numbered certificate.

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BL3 floor lamp, Bestlite 90 Anniversary Edition


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Colour
Nickel
Material
Nickel
Diameter
Shade diameter 16 cm, base diameter 28 cm
Height
Lamp height 113-152 cm, shade height 13 cm
Bulb base
E14
Light source
Max. 13W LED, 9W recommended (not included)
IP rating
20
Protection class
II
Cable length
423 cm
Cable colour
Black

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 Despite its proud history, Best felt that the lamp designs produced by the factory were outdated.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 and inspired by what he saw, he began his studies of industrial design in Paris and Düsseldorf. During his studies Best became close friends with Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement. It was during this time that he got inspired by the Bauhaus era and made the first sketches of what would become the iconic Bestlite design.

Bestlite has been in continuous production since 1930. Winston Churchill, the former British prime minister is numbered amongst its many famous users. He actually loved it so much that he took it with him when travelling around the world.

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 through its 80-year history, today, Bestlite enjoys global iconic status.

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