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

The Exciting Lighting

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Iconic series of British press adverts from 1958/59 showcasing John and Sylvia Reid’s designs produced via the cellulose ‘rotaflex’ process, and introducing pieces from the Geni Products / Rotaflex GB ‘Metallux’ range first seen in 1957.
Beautifully art-directed (likely in conjunction with J&S themselves) – the first image (an advert from pre-Sept. ’58) shows a winning entry from the 1959 Layton Award. (Category: Best black and white advertisement of the year.)

This page ‘to be continued’ / up-dated as and when possible (please get in touch if you have any Rotaflex adverts that we’re missing!)


Jim Johnson / Rotaflex

Dennis Hooker x Rotaflex

The Hunt 2

Rotaflex, Conduit St. 1958