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Gubi Launches New Iconic Bestlite Collection

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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 modern design.

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.

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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.