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Competition: win a Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp

In our latest competition, we have teamed up with Gubi to give away a Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp in nickel.

This competition is now closed.

Designed in 1930 by Robert Dudley Best, the Bauhaus-inspired Bestlite lamp became famous when it was chosen by Winston Churchill for his wartime desk.

To celebrate Bestlite's 90th anniversary, design brand Gubi is giving away a limited edition floor lamp in nickel with its own unique numbered certificate.

Bestlite 90th anniversary collection of lamps
Top: Co-founder of Cranks & Coffee Emil Vestergaard Brandt with a Bestlite floor lamp. Above: the Bestlite anniversary collection comprises a floor, wall and table lamp

Also available as a table and two wall lamp, the Bestlite anniversary collection comprises 300 pieces of each design.

Regarded as the first fully adjustable lamp, it was originally designed for diamond cutters in Birmingham's jewellery quarter, but has since been embraced by artisans worldwide.

The arm's direction can be adjusted 360 degrees horizontally, whilst a sprung ball-jointed shade enables the shade to be turned both horizontally and vertically to direct the light's beam.

Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp with curled cord
The arm's direction can be adjusted 360 degrees horizontally

Each piece from the anniversary collection is finished in nickel and has a twisted cord to "create a retro feel".

The lamps also come complete with a Bestlite key, which enables the user to tighten the lamps' arms.

Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp in nickel
Fashion designer Emilie Helmstedt using the Bestlite floor lamp

Gubi has also created a celebratory logo for the 90th anniversary. The original logo was inspired by the Bauhaus movement – with its clean lines, geometric shapes and lack of embellishment.

It featured a circle divided into two vertical segments, with a "B" in one and an "L" in the other, sitting atop a horizontal lozenge enclosing the word "Bestlite". For the anniversary the "BL" has been replaced with "90".

Production of the Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp
Bestlite was designed by Robert Dudley Best

Bestlite was designed by Best of Best & Lloyd, the company that provided traditional-style lamps for the Titanic and the Orient Express.

Best wanted to "design 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," said Gubi.

Today, Bestlite is held in permanent collections at both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Design Museum in London.

Bestlite 90th anniversary floor lamp in a library
Mixed media artist Sergei Sviatchenko with his Bestlite floor lamp

One reader will win a BL3 floor lamp Bestlite 90 anniversary edition in nickel. The lamp is also available to buy online and measures 112-151 centimetres in height.

Competition closes 7 December 2020. Terms and conditions apply. One winner will be selected at random and notified by email. Due to electrical standards, only entries from the EU and the UK can be accepted.

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This competition is a partnership between Dezeen and Bestlite. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.