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.