RBW is a musical place. If you ever stop by our studio you will hear our resident DJ, Olivia. She plays some of the best beats from around the world from the start of the day to the closing of shop. You will be bright eyed and chipper, tapping your feet or dancing in your seat. At 5 pm you can hear our 5 at 5 cow bell. If rung unenthusiastically we demand a repeat. It calls us to gather as a team and get cracking on a quick clean up of our mess. The latest addition to the sounds of RBW is a 22 inch Wuhan gong. It was decided that it would be struck in celebration of our successes. Here at Rich Brilliant Willing we celebrate those big and small. It is said that teams and organizations that celebrate success create more success. So, if the gong takes you by surprise and you jump out of your chair, just soak up the good vibrations, because the future is looking bright.
Our fabulous intern Fahmida Lam has WON 1st Prize in her Pratt Institute for the Umbra Design Competition in 2013.
A student recently wrote us asking about going from product/ ID/ furniture background into an architecture career.
Here are some tips to make your portfolio speak to an architect, not just the product designer:
-Demonstrate construction understanding (Show details, section views of materials in layers)
-Think relative scale (Scale figure, ghosted silhouette of a person next to your object)
-Material use: Show flat elevation views of interiors using Photoshop to collage materials & finishes (again, include scale figure)
-Show some 3d hand sketches of architectural spaces (a good hand sketch communicates atmosphere and is vague enough for interpretation)
-Use conceptual diagrams to explain your big idea in simple abstraction
-Pick an architectural specialty and apply your ideas & skills to one area (hospitality, workplace, retail, residential, etc.)
Anyone with a product background can offer relevant perspective and knowledge to an architecture firm. Material, finish and construction details are of particular applicability. One way I would expect the product designer to demonstrate this unique offering would be the ability to create detailed shop drawings, like banquette seating for the hospitality niche... because of intimate knowledge of furniture construction. Not only is this valuable to hospitality architecture, it also explains why you have a product background but are applying for a job at an architecture firm.
Charles, Theo Adrienne & Sara Jane visited the newly renovated and redesigned DWR showroom location Thursday night.
RBW are moving East to Gowanus, Come on over for a swim!