Best & Lloyd was founded in 1840 in Birmingham, England, where all their lights are still produced today. They began life making candle lamps and by 1900 had become the largest lighting manufacturer in the world. International status meant showrooms in London, Paris and Rome, as well as at New York’s prestigious 1 Park Avenue. Every shop was serviced from the Birmingham factory with a lead-time of seven days on board ship. In 1928, founder Robert Best’s grandson designed the iconic Bestlite range. This industrial desk lamp was inspired by the Bauhaus movement and has been in production ever since. Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously chose the Bestlite for his office in Whitehall, and they provided the lighting for Downing Street too. Other historical commissions include many of the fixtures and fittings as well as the lighting on all of the Pullman and Orient Express trains, both original and restored versions. They are perhaps best known for the Odeon cinema’s art deco glass lighting schemes, which they designed and produced, and they are proud to have the watercolor sketches in their company archive today. Best & Lloyd’s New York showroom closed in the Great Depression in 1933, but it was responsible for many of the wonderful art deco lanterns that adorn the city’s streets. Their tradition of excellence continues to thrive, and recent commissions include private residences spanning the globe from Beijing to St Petersburg, New York to Mumbai, and hotels such as Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Trianon Palace in Versailles and Savoy in London. The last ten years have seen a huge boom in the building of super yachts, and they are the supplier of choice for many of the world’s leading boat designers, with Best & Lloyd lamps adorning more than half of the top twenty boats in the world. They returned to the US in 2011, and endeavor to bring the very best of English tradition and craftsmanship back to American shores.
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