Certification and Compliance

October 23, 2017

Our development team is happy to share newly acquired certifications. IP certification and AU / NZ IEC 60598 are now available on select RBW fixtures.

In addition to UL ratings that are tested and rated by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent product safety certification organization, IP ratings are given to fixtures after rigorous laboratory testing. Anything from lighting to mobile phones are tested for ingress protection. Fixtures are rated on how impervious their surfaces are to solid and liquid, from fingers and small drops of water to fine dust and full submergence.

  • Crisp IP65 or IP20 rated (UL Wet Listing equivalent)
  • Phase IP65 rated (coming soon)
  • Branch Sconce IP44 rated (UL Damp Listing equivalent)
  • AU / NZ IEC 60598 compliance (Crisp & Branch)
  • Ledge IP44 (coming soon)
  • Hoist IP65 (UL Wet Listing equivalent)

Indoor Damp Locations

A damp location is an exterior or interior location that is normally or periodically subject to condensation of moisture in, on or adjacent to the electrical components of a lighting fixture or ceiling fan.

Indoor Damp Locations include indoor pool areas, utility rooms and over bathtubs or showers in bathrooms (without risk of direct water contact).

Outdoor Damp Locations

Outdoor damp rated fixtures can only be used in covered, fully protected locations that are not directly exposed to water, even during storms.

Outdoor Damp Locations include covered patios and covered porches that are fully protected from water, even during storms.

Wet Locations

Only lighting and fans marked "Suitable for Wet Locations" can be used in wet locations, both indoors and outdoors. A wet location is an interior or exterior location in which water or other liquids may drip, splash or flow on or against the electrical components of a lighting fixture or ceiling fan. Outdoor Wet Locations include open-air decks and patios, uncovered porches, outdoor dining areas, exterior walls, gazebos, pergolas and walkways. Indoor Wet Locations include shower enclosures.

(text from Lumens.com)


Vote RBW for Interior Design Best of Year Awards

October 09, 2017

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Having identified the out-of-reach electrical outlet as a routine problem, the studios adapted the standard electrical cord as an integral, stylish component of Hoist’s overall design. Swagged and offered with generous cable length, the cord allows greater opportunities for where a pendant light can be installed. The shade is available in a variety of colors and diameters, with a sconce version as well. Waterproof, the highly durable exterior is also suitable for outdoor installation, creating the possibility for a cohesive interior and exterior.

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Inspired by organic forms, each branch of the Pilot chandelier features a rounded, shell-like shade. Available in a range of colors, lengths, and finishes, the compositions of these branches are a sculptural exercise; options range from a linear beam suited to the long dining table, or an elaborate starburst ideal for a grand foyer.

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Live Wire: Alexander Calder

July 24, 2017

The current Whitney Museum exhibition is on our list of summer must-sees.

Alexander Calder was the original Man on Wire. The American artist (1898-1976) mobilized modern art in a very literal way, elevating sculpture from the gallery floor by hanging sheet-metal cutouts from the ceiling in precariously balanced compositions. The floating pieces possessed an air of weightlessness, of precariousness; they turned in response to the slightest burst of wind.

What’s lesser known are the Calder works that moved on their own, on view now at the Whitney Museum’s stunning “Calder: Hypermobility.” After a painstaking tune-ups of many aging mechanical parts, the museum presents rarely seen motorized works in which the parts follow their own choreographed rhythm, bringing the artist’s works back to life long after his death. These pieces, which stand or hang, dance, and sometimes strike gongs, will be performing live at the Whitney now through October 23, alongside a few human guest performers—musicians, tightrope walkers, dancers, and more. For the full schedule, visit the exhibition site.


RBW at the Cooper Hewitt Jazz Age Garden Party

July 18, 2017

“A multisensory blockbuster of a show…” —Associated Press

The first major museum exhibition to focus on American taste during the creative explosion of the 1920s, The Jazz Age is a multi-media experience of more than 400 examples of interior design, industrial design, decorative art, jewelry, fashion, and architecture, as well as related music and film. Giving full expression to the decade’s diversity and dynamism, The Jazz Age defines the American spirit of the period.

RBW was honored to partner with the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum to light up their Jazz Age party. Our Akoya Pendants provided ambiance to match the 20's era costumes and big band music, take an afternoon and go see the show!


Pilot and Hoist

May 31, 2017

Inspired by the organic forms of mid-century sculptors like Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, RBW collaborated with design boutique MeyerDavis to create the Pilot chandelier. Each branch of the Pilot featuring a rounded, shell-like shade.

 Hoist Large in pendant form. Having identified the out-of-reach electrical outlet as a routine problem, we collaborated with design studio MeyerDavis to adapt the standard electrical cord as an integral, stylish component of Hoist’s overall design. 

First available ship date: September 2017

Hoist Sconce, the shade is available in a variety of colors and diameters. Waterproof, the highly durable exterior is also suitable for outdoor installation, creating the possibility for a cohesive interior and exterior.

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Showroom Opening

May 26, 2017

A review from our NYCxDesign week.

We celebrated the opening of our new SoHo showroom at 50 Greene Street with live music, great drinks and many friends. The night introduced two new collections designed in partnership with the award-winning boutique agency Meyer Davis Studio: Hoist and Pilot, pendant and sconce collections that combine cutting-edge technology with casual sophistication. With a shared taste for simplicity and “intelligent subtraction,” the two studios developed timeless fixtures suited to a wide range of indoor and outdoor environments, uniquely solving common interior design problems.

Photography By Lydia Lee

Work In Progress—Palindrome

May 10, 2017

Each month we pull back the curtain and give a behind the scenes look at an everyday process at RBW. From specification to installation, the playful Palindrome chandelier is a unique study in lean manufacturing.

Palindrome fulfilled two of our studio’s goals. One was to achieve a light that could fit any volume, whether that means connecting one kit or 50. The other was to offer our clients, on a large scale, the creative freedom to customize our products themselves. They have yet to exhaust all its possibilities.

Pipes of a Palindrome 6 are prepared for powder coating at an offsite vendor in New Jersey. All fittings and joints are taped over to maintain their precise diameters—a powdercoated finish can add up to 1 millimeter of overall thickness. 

A Matte Black (SPC-30) dry powder is applied electrostatically to the raw steel pipes which are then and then cured under high heat. The entire process takes about five days.

After finishing, the Palindrome pipes are returned and inspected. Here Rudolph wires and assembles protected Palindrome parts in the production space in Brooklyn.

Photo credit Nathan Sanks.

A Custom Chandelier

September 15, 2016

Since launching in 2013, our bestselling Gala Chandelier has inspired the gamut of visual metaphors.

While some clients have compared the ivory-frosted luminaires to ripe pieces of hanging fruit, others have found their burnished aluminum hanging straps reminiscent of leather. Whatever images it may evoke, a new custom version is now available exclusively at Design Within Reach. There, the sleek aluminum mast is 52 inches long, which, for most dining room tables, could be just the right fit.

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RBW, In to the Woods

June 30, 2016

RBW and friends gathered to spend a few days together in the Catskill Mountains for our first annual Camp RBW. For three days, the studio took part in some serious team-building exercises: ropes courses, hikes, and bonfires. Refreshed and back in the studio, we’re more solid than ever. Can’t wait to go back next year…

Annual Boat Cruise 2016

May 17, 2016

RBW and friends gathered to spend a few chummy hours together on the East River for our annual Design Week Boat Cruise. Following three well-attended days exhibiting at ICFF, we wound down with lots of talking, posing, sipping, and snacking. Can't wait til next year.

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