Robert Dudley Best

Born in 1954 in Milan, Rodolfo Dordoni is a trained architect whose work spans art direction, exhibitions, show rooms, architectural planning, and lamp designs. Former art director for the renowned Italian brands, Artemide and Capellini, Rodolfo Dordoni is best known for his lighting collections in collaboration with Foscarini and Flos. Here at Holloways of Ludlow, we are proud to sell his timeless lamps that are featured in the permanent collections of the MoMA in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Heavily influenced by the then revolutionary Bauhaus school, Best’s lighting designs conformed perfectly to its manifesto: function and simplicity that blurs the boundaries between industrialisation and aesthetic works of art. For this reason, the Bestlite was highly sought-after, and even famously owned by Winston Churchill. In continuous production since 1930, the Bestlite is still designed and manufactured in Birmingham, and has retained its industrial feel despite the passing of time. All of this has been made possible thanks to the renowned Danish firm, Gubi, who now acts as the conservator of the Bestlite brand.

Design Portfolio

Lumiere 05 Table Light

A contemporary reinterpretation of the classic bedside lamp, the Lumiere is recognised by a blown glass diffuser perched atop an unmistakable aluminium tripod. Almost space-age in its design, this elegant table light offers discreet downlighting and a warm glow. Available in four polished glass colours to complement a range of interiors, the base is cast in a choice of either aluminium, black chrome, or champagne. The Lumiere 05 table light is a stylish, eye-catching option for any contemporary or modern space.

Buds Pendants

A family of 5 pendant lights that explore various combinations of simple shapes and colours, the Buds offer the magic of blown glass in a form that anyone can enjoy. Beautiful and versatile, these pendant lights provide a direct downward light, offering a warm ambience suitable to dining rooms and living rooms. Whether hung as a standalone pendant or combined to create multiple compositions, the Buds Pendants minimalist nature offers a stylish bit of simplicity to any setting.

Ray Small Floor Light

Inspired by the form of a lighthouse, the Ray F1 floor lamp offers a modern take on a classic design. Topped with the choice of either a circular aluminium or hand-blown glass shade, the floor lamp is supported by slender crisscrossed steel legs resembling the Eiffel Tower. Offering an output of up to 105W, the Ray F1 has enough power to brighten any indoor space, and comes with an integrated dimmer for the user’s respective requirements. Sleek and refined, the Ray F1’s iconic shape is perfectly suited to a range of contemporary interiors.