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A design by Robert Dudley Best for Gubi. Inspired by the Bauhaus style.

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The Gubi Bestlite BL9 M hanging lamp with a diameter of 21 cm, is great for hanging in your hall or above your desk or dining table. Designed by Robert Dudley Best. Inspired by the Bauhaus style and made from steel or brass and aluminum.

The Bestlite collection includes table lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps and hanging lamps in various sizes. The materials are chromed steel stems and fittings and powder-coated aluminum shades. The table lamps and standing lamps are made from powder-coated aluminum with a steel counterweight. All threads are made of textile that fit perfectly with the hood and foot. The Bestlite collection is also available in brass where all steel parts have been replaced by solid brass parts. A clear varnish has been applied to make it maintenance-free.

The Gubi Bestlite hanging lamp is 21 cm wide and 18 cm high. The lamp is made of the materials aluminum, chrome, brass and comes standard with a cord length of 2 meters

The fitting is an E14.

About the designer Robert Dudley Best:

Robert Dudley Best (1892-1984) was heir to the world's largest lighting manufacturing company Best & Lloyd, founded in Birmingham in 1840. Despite the company's proud history of providing traditional lamps to a prestigious clientele, including Titanic and the Orient Express, Dudley Best was interested in a new collection that symbolised the spirit of the new age by appealing to the more avant-garde architects and setting a new agenda for lamp design.

Robert Dudley Best, a keen design enthusiast on top of his prominence as a young industrialist, spent the 1920's traveling around Europe meeting designers and furthering his interest in modernist movement. After visiting the Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris in 1925, where many of the designs exhibited were influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, he enrolled at the School of Industrial Design in Düsseldorf and in Paris. Interested in breaking the barriers between industrial and artistic merit, Dudley Best's ideals were shared by his friend Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement. It was during this period that Dudley Best made the first sketches of what would become the iconic Bestlite design.

Robert Dudley Best was strongly influenced by Bauhaus, which was taking Europe with storm with its stringent lines and clean style. Following Bauhaus principles, Dudley Best had done away with the trimmings and detail of traditional Best & Lloyd products; he had both commercial and domestic use in mind and believed that lighting should be functional and practical as well as elegant. With this in mind, he returned to Birmingham in 1930, determined to put his Bestlite lamp design into production.

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