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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.

View on DWR.

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.


May 05, 2016

At the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Rich Brilliant Willing presents Cinema Chandelier, a subtle display of cutting-edge technology, both in the fine-tuned warmth of the LEDs and in the construction & craftsmanship. Each satin opal globe embellishes a plated ring and the luxe metal finishes exude an Old Hollywood charm, which led us to its theatrical name. Cinema will be on view May 14-17 at the Javits Center. Pay us a visit at booth #1432, where our specialists will be on hand to answer any questions. See you there.

Branch's New Enclosure

April 12, 2016

New Branch Sihlouette

Branch is updated with an all aluminum body to match its iconic perforated shade. Best mounted in corridors, dining rooms or vanities, or connect a few together and create a striking linear installation. The refreshed lamp has an updated aluminum heat sink for longer LED longevity with the same lighting engine and light output.

Designed for durability, the updated Branch housing is made entirely of extruded aluminum, reducing off-cast and waste, common to steel manufacturing (BRE-SS-3-27 shown). Same lighting engine, same light output, still ADA Compliant and UL damp approved.

Better looking and longer lasting, Branch's aluminum body is better for LED longevity and anodized to match its iconic perforated shade. Easier installation—snap fit back plate secured by thumbscrews makes installation easier and fewer fasteners. Matching anodized end caps provide durability with the same overall dimensions.

For updated images or to replace a sample, contact your sales representative.

Courtyard House

April 07, 2016

The Courtyard House is an investor-driven real estate development project that was conceived, designed, entitled and construction managed by the Electric Bowery team, through final sale of the property spanning a 16 month period. Via Electric Bowery

Located in Venice Beach, the Courtyard House is a new construction single family residential development that pushes the envelope of indoor-outdoor living. The ground floor of the house is oriented with visual continuity between each defined living, kitchen and dining space that surround a central private courtyard with pool. Double height glazing and open-to-above spaces surround the perimeter of the courtyard which physically opens up and connects the entire ground floor by means of Fleetwood sliders and minimized structural elements. The courtyard virtually doubles the living space of the ground floor, providing a unique alternative to a traditional backyard that optimizes the Southern California environment and lifestyle.

RBW at Heath Ceramics

March 24, 2016

Out in San Francisco, Heath Ceramics' goal is to enhance the way people eat, live and connect through creativity and craftsmanship. Since the 1940s, they've been dedicated to designing and manufacturing their own products. Where RBW's means of communication is light, theirs are historic lines of rich architectural tiles and handmade tableware.

Last week, these West Coast ceramic specialists hosted us for an evening at their factory, where RBW co-founder Alex Williams was on hand to present a few of our latest pieces—Palindrome, Mori, Ledge, and Crisp—with plenty of drinks and conversation. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a huge success.


Choosing Color Temperature

January 28, 2016

LED lighting offers many benefits and features that were difficult, if not impossible to offer with other lighting technologies. Many of the obvious benefits, such as substantial operating energy and cost reductions, longer life, and lower overall heat generation are generally well known. Another feature that allows for dramatic appearance and productivity benefits now and in the future, involves the color temperature of the light produced by LEDs.

"White light" is commonly described by its color temperature. Measuring the hue of "white" light started in the late 1800s, when the British physicist William Kelvin heated a block of carbon. The block of carbon changed color as it heated up, going from a dim red, through various shades of yellow, all the way up to a bright bluish white at its highest temperature. The measurement scale for color temperatures, which was named after Kelvin as a result of his work, was based on Centigrade degrees. However, since the Kelvin scale starts at "absolute zero", which is -273°C, you can get the equivalent Centigrade temperature (compared to the visible colors of a heated black body) by subtracting 273 from the Kelvin color temperature. 

Color Temperature Application

The term used in general illumination is correlated color temperature (CCT). CCT relates to the color of light produced by a light source, and uses the Kelvin temperature measurement scale (SI unit of absolute temperature). It describes the relative color appearance of a white light source, indicating whether it appears more yellow/gold ("warm") or more blue ("cool"), in terms of the range of available shades of white.

Many people are now familiar with the idea of a "warm" white or a "cool" white being offered by fluorescent and other light bulbs. These bulbs have vastly different color temperatures. The "warm" bulb often has a color temperature of 3,000K and casts a more orange/red light on objects. Because you normally associate warmth with red or orange objects, this accounts for the "warm" descriptive name, even though it is a cooler (lower) temperature on the Kelvin scale. A "cool" white bulb commonly has a color temperature of 4,100K and higher on the Kelvin scale. This is in the low range of blue color, similar to ice, therefore earning the "cool" description.

Color Temperature Considerations

So with choices now in lighting color temperatures, the questions that often arise are: "How do I know what color temperature I should choose? Should I have a certain color temperature in my warehouse, a particular color temperature in my offices, and then a specific color temperature in my lobby?" In some cases the answer may be the same color temperature for all of those applications, or it could indeed be different for each depending on the desired and/or required effect.

A flame, for instance has low color temperature (around 2000K), and looks yellowish and warm, while daylight is around 6000K (as is a daylight fluorescent light) and looks rather bluish. So a general suggestion for 'invitingness' would be rather warmish color temperature (and definitely uniform color temperature of lights in a room) and lighting design that allows for brighter areas separated by shade.


Dimming Basics

January 28, 2016

What used to be a fairly straight forward proposition dimming incandescent fixtures has been made more complicated by the fact that the new LED technology is different about how it is dimmed.

TRIAC Forward Phase Dimming

All RBW standard spec light fixtures work with Forward Phase Dimmers, also known as TRIAC dimmers, which operate on 120V AC (standard residential wall voltage in the US and Canada). TRIAC dimmer controls are the most commonly installed dimmers and are traditionally used to dim older incandescent or halogen light sources. We recommend these controls for use with all RBW LED products. All Lutron C-L series controls have a small adjustment dial on the side of the housing which allows for fine tuning of the dimming range of the light fixture. 

0-10v Dimming*

Used as an early fluorescent dimming system and still used today, 0-10V dimming has been adapted to become a reliable LED dimming control protocol.
0-10 V is one of the earliest and simplest electronic lighting control signaling systems; simply put, the control signal is a DC voltage that varies between zero and ten volts. The controlled lighting should scale its output so that at 10 V, the controlled light should be at 100% of its potential output, and at 0 V it should at the lowest possible dimming level.

*optional for Branch, Gala and Queue only

Magnetic Low Voltage (MLV), Electronic Low Voltage (ELV)

Low-voltage lighting uses a transformer to reduce a 120VAC line voltage to 12VAC or 24VAC. This lower voltage is then used to power an incandescent low voltage lamp. RBW fixtures are incompatible with low voltage dimming.


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