Post War British aims to present reference and ephemera – mostly related to 1950’s and 60’s British Lighting design, with occasional touches of Art, Culture and Music.

With a particular fondness for the work of architect husband and wife team – John and Sylvia Reid, we hope you will find the PWB site of interest.

Over the years we have been very lucky to connect with a small number of like-minded collectors. If you too love British Lighting and have info to share, or ‘tales of the hunt’ – please get in touch.

Unless otherwise indicated – all photos are by PWB, and scanned materials are from the PWB collection.

Post War British.
est. 2019

Disderot Q&A

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In April 2019 Dominic Reid kindly introduced me to Hugues Disderot (b.1957). In his first email he wrote:

For my first 20 years, I heard about Rotaflex all the time, I lived with them, then I realised, a few years ago (more than forty years later!…), that I knew very little, nearly nothing, about it all. And no one in France, even the ’specialists’, had a clue, and that there was (and still isn’t) a book, or definitive article on the subject …

This started a fascinating stream of cross-channel correspondence, and ‘deep’ research that is ongoing. Along the way I asked if a short Q&A for PWB might be possible, to which Hugues graciously agreed.

As ever – if anyone out there has more info to add to the Rotaflex GB / Rotaflex France / Geni Products / Bernard Stern / J&S Reid history that we are attempting to ‘build’ – please get in touch and don’t miss Hugues’ visual updates via his Disderot instagram profile.

Also many thanks to Hugues, Galerie DODA and Galerie Pascal Cuisinier for allowing us to feature the images below.

(NB: within this text ‘rotaflex’ (small ‘r’) refers to the cellulose acetate flex material, and related manufacturing process – used to produce the many and varied shaped shades that the ‘Rotaflex’ company (GB and France) became famous for in the mid-fifties.


Jim Johnson / Rotaflex

Bernard Stern / Rotaflex

The Exciting Lighting

J&S Reid exhibition