Gubi Launches New Iconic Bestlite Collection
Gubi presents striking new additions to their Bestlite
Collection. New colours and surfaces, comprising all brass,
brass/matt white, brass/matt grey and brass/matt black, will be
applied to selected models of Bestlite table, floor, wall and
pendant lamps, including the BL3 floor lamp, which now returns to
the collection with original Ø 21 cm shade. The new, extended
collection will be available online and at selected retailers late
from January 2013.
Designed in 1930 by Robert Dudley Best, the Bestlite Collection
has been in continuous production for eight decades. Now Bestlite
enters its ninth decade with the launch of new versions of
Bestlite, combining traditional brass finish with contemporary
colours. The re-introduction of this authentic brass finish gives a
fresh, modern twist to the timeless, iconic Bestlite design.
"I've always been acutely aware that any change or additions
to the collection must be entirely in sympathy with the original
design. Although Bestlite has not been available in brass for many
years, the brass finish is entirely authentic … it gives the
collection a new, softer, more contemporary feel and allows us to
renew the collection whilst respecting its heritage." Jacob
Gubi, CCO, Gubi
As before, the entire Bestlite Collection will also be available
in chrome/matte black, chrome/matte white and chrome/off-white.
The new Bestlite Collection will be available online at
www.gubi.com and at selected retailers from January 2013.
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The Bestlite Collection
Bestlite has been in continuous production since 1930. Winston
Churchill is numbered amongst its many famous users. The Bestlite
design was conceived by Robert Dudley Best who was highly
influenced by the Bauhaus.
Bauhaus was a school in Germany that merged practical crafts
with the fine arts and became famous for the design concept that it
publicized and taught. Bauhaus had a profound influence upon
subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design,
interior design and industrial design and Bauhaus style became one
of the most influential forces behind Modernist architecture and
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 throught its 80-year history, today, Bestlite
enjoys global iconic status.
Watch the movie: Bestlite - A Bauhaus Icon
About 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, where many of the designs exhibited were
influenced by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.
Inspired by what he had seen, Best began his studies of
industrial design in Paris and Düsseldorf, where he became close
friends with Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement.
It was during this time that he made the first sketches of what
would become the iconic Bestlite design.