Wednesday May 16th, 6 - 8PM
Life on the Technological Frontier of Design - Panel Discussion moderated by Dezeen
As a highlight of our design week schedule, we are hosting a group of panelists who have presented themselves as thought-leaders in their fields to discuss and converse on how technological advancement in materials, manufacturing and application have provoked and changed their design thinking. We will welcome panelists from BIG architects, BOLD, Sera architects and OLEDWorks. Happy Hour to follow. RSVP
Thursday May 17th, 4 - 6PM
Book signing with Studio O+A
We will host an evening of storytelling, books and drinks to celebrate the publication of "Studio O+A: Twelve True Tales of Workplace Design" just out from FRAME Publishers. O+A’s principal, Primo Orpilla will speak on the people behind the making of this irreverent, behind-the-scenes look at 26 years of O+A design. RSVP
Rich Brilliant Willing is proud to present a new interactive installation, “In Living Color”, as part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum exhibition “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision,” on view starting April 13th. RBW designed “In Living Color” as an immersive work that recasts light from the background of our perceptions to the foreground. We’re honored to be among more than 65 other designers and teams at ‘The Senses’ exhibit, which is a manifesto for sensory design that promotes the co-mingling and interaction of the 5 senses. This unique exhibit incorporates rich and inclusive works that encompasses the diversity of the human experience.
"Multisensory design can solve problems and enhance life for everyone by amplifying their ability to receive information, explore the world, satisfy essential needs and experience joy and wonder, " says curator Ellen Lupton
‘The Senses: Design Beyond Vision’ exhibition runs from 13 April – 28 October, 2018 and is on view in the third floor Barbara and Morton Mandel Design Gallery at Cooper Hewitt. Cooper Hewitt is located at 2 East 91st St (between 5th and Madison Avenues) New York NY.
For full exhibit information visit Cooper Hewitt.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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
Photo credit Nathan Sanks.
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.