BestLite by Robert Dudley Best
Brought to life in 1930, the BestLite was the work of Robert Dudley Best, heir to an English lighting factory who was so enthralled by the work of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier that he headed to Paris to study design. The end result was the BestLite, which he put into production at his father's factory.
It got off to a slow start, favoured mostly by car repair shops for its functionality. Gradually finding a following among architects, it earned a mention in The Architects' Journal as the first hint of Bauhaus to emerge in England. But it was that bastion of Britishness, Winston Churchill, who put it on his desk and on the design map.
Lamp, £319, Icône
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