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 Bestlite was the creation of Robert Dudley Best, heir to the world's largest lighting factory in Birmingham. The factory was established in 1840 but Robert Best felt that the lamp designs of the factory were outdated. In 1925 Robert visited the International Exhibition of Modern Design in Paris. 

Many of the designs exhibited were greatly influenced by the Bauhaus ideas, and Robert was particularly impressed by the work of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. After that, he began his studies of industrial design in Düsseldorf and Paris. By the end of his studies he designed the Bestlite.

When Robert returned to Birmingham in 1930, he was determined to put the Bestlite into production. A few of the first lights found their way to the desks of some visionary architects. This led to a feature article in the prominent Architects Journal. Bestlite was featured as the first Bauhaus manifestation in England. The interest soon increased dramatically, and when Winston Churchill chose the Bestlite for his desk in Whitehall, success was inevitable.