Press ICFF 2016

June, 2016

Architizer : Geometry class 

Architizer article : New York studio Rich Brilliant Willing unveiled its first collaboration with an outside design firm — the award-winning practice Rockwell Group. The David Rockwell with Rich Brilliant Willing collection arranges pure geometric forms into elegant yet minimal compo  sitions.


Architectural Record : May 2016 Product Focus : Rockwell Collaborations

Architectural Record article : Lighting is core to Rockwell Group’s DNA, with the interplay of illumination and shadow central to the firm’s interiors, architecture, and stage sets. Ten years ago, the team translated that expertise into a lighting collection for 54-year-old Italian manufacturer Leucos. But times and technology have changed. “Relatively young companies know how to create beautiful, high-quality fixtures,” says Rockwell Group founder David Rockwell, “and LEDs have significantly improved.” The firm took both considerations into account for two new commercial lighting collections, each created with an unexpected partner. Comprising a pair of ADA-compatible sconces and four variants of a chandelier/pendant, the David Rockwell with Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW) collection pairs the firm with the upstart New York manufacturer that designs and produces fixtures in its Brooklyn workshop. RBW had approached Rockwell Group with the idea of collaborating on lighting products “that would be closer to real-life use ... something an architect would specify,” says RBW cofounder Theo Richardson. Rising to the challenge, the Rockwell team designed a “modular, metal-and-glass kit of parts that could be assembled in different geometries,” explains Rockwell Group principal and studio leader Barry Richards. The fixtures will debut at ICFF and be available through RBW’s website and showrooms. Rockwell Group’s line for the Istanbul-based tabletop brand Gaia & Gino came about in a similarly serendipitous manner. “I was chatting with David [Rockwell] about what was missing in the hospitality market,” says founder Gaye Cevikel, “and he answered, ‘I cannot find nice table lamps.’ So I said, ‘OK. Would you design some for us?’ ”Fast-forward four years to last month’s Salone del Mobile, where Gaia & Gino unveiled the results: two curved-steel lamps and a lighted side table/stool. Each handcrafted piece will be available this autumn exclusively through Casa International. Customized versions of both product lines will be included in future Rockwell projects, says Rockwell’s Richards. But don’t expect the firm to set up a storefront anytime soon. “We’ll showcase and promote the pieces,” Richards explains. “But we’re designers, not sellers.”


Design Milk : Best of ICFF 2016

Design Milk article : The Crisp is a flush-mounted light fixture from Rich Brilliant Willing with a molded solid glass enclosure that has a wavy front surface.




TL Mag : Rich Brilliant Willing & Rockwell Group

TL Mag article : Collaboration often pushes design into new parameters. Three new geometric and versatile lamps result from a new close cooperation between maverick lighting studio Rich Brilliant Willing and hallowed architecture firm Rockwell Group. Working in cross-disciplinary application, the latter has commissioned the former for numerous interior projects but until now, never engaged in the actual design process. Reinterpreting the simple poetry of squares and circles in luxurious materials, these new lamps reveal a rich process of refinement. Like jewels, the two scones and one pendant explore the nuanced iridescence of moulded glass, gilt interior voids and open-frame refractions. Like building blocks, Witt encases two pearl-like luminaries, allowing for endless modular iterations. Able to transition from day to night, Phase alludes to lunar cycles. Based on different modes, light is either projected upwards, downwards or in both directions; creating dramatic wall effects. As one of two separate elements, a top half moon shape is finished in chrome to reduce output. Notch directs light upwards and downwards but also through an responsively sharp cut its in shell. The 45-degree-positioned rectangular floats of the wall as an architecture onto itself but also offers evidence of its interior as reflective planes.

DesignBuzz : Le lampade geometriche di Rich Brilliant Willing

DesignBuzz Article : L’arredamento non deve essere solo funzionale ma anche piacevole da vedere, lo pensiamo tutti noi appassionati di design, la pensano così i creatori di mobili e complementi d’arredo nati per soddisfare l’occhio prima ancora dell’esigenza pratica. Sì, perché in fondo alla funzione si rimedia facilmente, ma all’estetica no. Ciò è tanto più vero se si tratta di illuminazione: per illuminare un ambiente basta una lampada, per dargli carattere serve un lampadario degno di questo nome. Così nascono le creazioni dell’architetto e designer americano David Rockwell per il marchio newyorchese Rich Brilliant Willing. Il perfetto equilibrio tra forma e funzione, l’una e l’altra ridotte ai minimi termini ma senza sconti alla banalità. I lampadari e le lampade da parete sono volutamente minimaliste, hanno un sapore quasi scultoreo, si ispirano alla più rigorosa geometria scegliendo cubi, sfere e semisfere come linee fondamentali, talvolta intersecate tra loro. A colpirci è soprattutto il modello Phase, una lampada da parete in vetro con forma semisferica che richiama le fasi lunari. Notch sceglie una struttura ancora più pulita ed essenziale, in nero opaco su base rettangolare con intarsio cubico a contrasto. Il modello a sospensione si chiama invece Witt ed ha forma cubica aperta e realizzata in ottone. Al suo interno si incastona la fonte luminosa.



Design Boom : rich brilliant willing lights up ICFF with david rockwell-designed suite + cinema chandelier

Design Boom article : with its theatrical name and polished personality, the ‘cinema chandelier’ by rich brilliant willing celebrates the bygone charm of old hollywood glamour. presented during new york design week 2016 at ICFF, the luminaire manifests its use of cutting-edge technology both in the fine-tuned warmth of the LEDs and its construction and craftsmanship. twelve satin opal globes circumvent gold-plated ring, affixed with luxe metal finishes. the chandelier is tethered to the ceiling by two thin wires that seemingly disappear into the surrounding environment, putting the spotlight on the sequence of luminous orbs that emit a subtle, warm glow. ‘cinema chandelier’ continues rich brilliant willing’s dedication to technology, simplicity and creativity, uniting — in their own words — ‘the industrial and the elegant to engineer warm, dimmable lighting solutions that are as beautiful as they are innovative.’ also at ICFF 2016, rich brilliant willing introduces a product collection in collaboration with american architect and designer david rockwell, founder of rockwell group. the three new pieces include two sconces and one chandelier — ‘phase’, ‘notch’ and ‘witt’ — realized through the reinterpretation of basic geometric forms. the suite of jewel-like, LED pendants and sconces use solid, luxury materials to transform a circle and a square into minimalist, sculptural expressions. ‘each piece in the collection has a transformative quality,’ david rockwell describes. ‘through variations in size, configurations, and light, each piece in the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings.’‘witt’ is a modular, geometric interpretation of a traditional chandelier comprised of glowing luminaries framed by the outlines of five hollow brass cubes. the piece can be hung in a linear procession — both horizontally and vertically — as a cluster, or at staggered heights. thin suspension cables are near invisible, leaving the focus on the composition the composition of the ‘phase’ light recalls a quarter of the lunar cycle. half of the wall-mounted, cast-glass spherical sconce emits a bright light, while the other is coated in a chrome finish for a more subtle glow. multiple configurations can be created — it can be installed with the exposed half facing upwards to create a brighter, more diffused ambiance, or with the exposed half facing downwards, to concentrate light in a dramatic effect below. ‘notch’ casts light from the top, bottom, and from its core through a cube-shaped hollow cut out of its open, rectangular, column-like shade. contrasting finishes on the interior and exterior improve the quality of light — as LEDs reflect off the interior surface, they cast the color and shine outwards, adding depth to the overall environment.


Dezeen : David Rockwell designs Minimalist lighting collection for Rich Brilliant Willing

Dezeen article : New York 2016: American designer and architect David Rockwell has designed a collection of three simple lighting fixtures for New York company Rich Brilliant Willing. The collection, which is Rich Brilliant Willing's first collaboration with an outside firm, was unveiled at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. It includes two sconces and one chandelier – each of which are based on simple geometric forms. Phase is a wall-mounted sconce that is based on a part of the lunar cycle when the moon is half-lit The designer aimed to create minimalist sculpture-like lighting fixtures that could be used in a variety of settings. "Each piece in the collection has a transformative quality," said Rockwell, who is the founder Rockwell Group. "Through variations in size, configurations, and light, each piece in the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings." One half of the spherical sconce is coated in a chrome finish to create a diffused glow Phase, a wall-mounted sconce made from glass, is based on a part of the lunar cycle when the moon is half-lit. While one half of the spherical sconce emits a bright light, the other half is coated in a chrome finish to create a diffused glow. It can be installed with the exposed half facing upwards to create a bright uplight, or facing downwards for a spotlight effect. Notch has a cube-shaped cut-out, allowing light to be cast from its core A second wall-mounted fixture named Notch has a cube-shaped cut-out in its rectangular shade. This allows the light to be cast from the top, the bottom, and from its core. The exterior of the brass lamp features a matte black finish, but its inside has been left bare, allowing the LEDs to reflect off the interior surfaces. The Witt chandelier is made up of a spherical light encased within a hollow brass cube A modular chandelier named Witt is made up of a spherical light encased within a hollow brass cube. They can be hung in a number of formations, allowing users to create a cluster or an arrangement of staggered heights. The collection will be on show at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) from 14 to 17 May, which is part of the broaderNYCXDesign festival. Other highlights from the fortnight-long festival include a series of lighting pendants with glass spheres that change colour once the light is turned on, and a showcase of Norway's established and up-and-coming talent.



Interior design : A New York Minute: Highlights from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Interior design article : A quick roundup of eye-catching new products spotted at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City


Sight Unseen : The Best of New York Design Week 2016

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Wallpaper : Fair game: Wallpaper* rounds up the hits from NYCxDesign 2016

Wallpaper article : NYCxDesign, which yesterday came to a close after a 14-day run, is swiftly becoming as much of an all-encompassing design week as its competitors in Milan, Paris and Stockholm, et al. Not just marked by a slew of gallery and boutique openings, the event also encompasses a series of headlining fairs, many of which expressed an uplifting maturity this year. Stronger across the board than in years past, these fairs include the futurist Sight Unseen Offsite, the internationalist Wanted Design, the megalith International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and of course, the Collective Design Fair, which helped kick things off on the right foot. Within the aisles of these showcases were treasures to be discovered. These not only pointed to the healthy state of the design world, but also showed that innovation and aesthetics are being considered in equal measure. Practitioners, from the independent to incorporated, continued to follow strong lines – a fascination with geometry, from art deco to Memphis-inspired, prevailed; while a contemporary reimagining of historical styles or manufacturers, too, saw an exciting new dialogue sparked, as with the 'Furnishing Utopia' Shaker reinterpretation at Sight Unseen Offsite. Now in its third installment, Sight Unseen Offsite – organised by Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer's titular trend-predicting website – was located this time across an empty office floor of the Grace Building facing Bryant Park, and was chock-full of hand-crafted, youthful designs. The show was armed with a host of fun surprises, lurking behind every corner: from design-forward children’s furniture by Kinder Modern – whose geometric modular rugs formed an interactive chessboard, with stools-cum-chess pieces designed by Matthew Sullivan of AQQ Design – to Bower’s deco-echo hall of mirrors, the jewellery-like pendant lamps of Jean-Pascal Gauthier and ‘Topo’, an immersive environment of foam-rollers backed by a soundbath, designed by architects Leong Leong for Ford. Over at Wanted Design’s usual Manhattan haunt of the former Tunnel nightclub, innovation seemed to be the name of the game. 2016 American Design Honors winner Steven Haulenbeek introduced a new series of resin-bonded sand vessels and étageres, that emerged after he spotted the bronze foundry next to his Chicago studio discarding the beachy material. He also showed his ‘Ice-Cast Bronze’ tables and vases, made by bonding bronze into ice molds and allowing the molten material to capture ice’s naturally fragmented texture. 'Pole Position', a best-of showcase from Poland, featured a slew of young designers reimagining the output of the nation’s numerous ceramics factories, including the gorgeous 'Touch of Blue' series from Cmielów Design Studio, working at the 223-year old porcelain factory in Chodzież. Visual Magnetics, who recently teamed up with Dusen Dusen to create a movable modular wall coverings, introduced the wonderfully useful 'Polarity Collection' in collaboration with Studio Visibility, that features a new ‘invisi-lock’ system of shelves, catch boxes and marker holders on a moveable, magnetic, writable workplace system. At its Brooklyn outpost in Industry City, Wanted Design created a Franco-American cultural exchange program, wherein designers were paired with manufacturers to devise a new product. Here, Ligne-Roset teamed up with Marc Thorpe to design a canopy seat which, while only supposed to be a prototype, has been picked up by the successful French furniture company. Although known for mixing bathroom fixtures, quartz manufacturers and independent design firms, ICFF had a strong turn this year with a selection of sophisticated design offerings that really stood out. Flavor Paper’s collaboration with the egregiously overlooked art director Wayne White (known for his sets on PeeWee’s Playhouse) took shape as a cheeky pastoral mural-cum-wallpaper called ‘Waynetopia’. The Brooklyn-born lighting studio Rich Brilliant Willing collaborated with David Rockwell on three new LED fixtures of reinterpreted geometric forms, in luxe metals. Umbra Shift presented new additions to its line of thoughtfully designed home accessories, while Egg Collective and Volk both presented new furniture pieces that seamlessly combined expert craftsmanship with sophisticated design. It was also a big week for Apparatus, who presented a sexy, streamlined booth featuring a sculptural umbrella and coat stand, together with its brass-and-blown-glass 'Tassel' pendants and marble 'Portal' table, alongside the opening of its sumptuous new showroom/studio, just a few blocks away.

Surface : The best of nycxdesign 2016

Surface article : "This collaboration between Rockwell and the LED lighting specialists also contains a few more dramatic overhead fixtures, but it's the more understated Notch sconces that really caught my eye. Light comes out of the top and bottom of the powder coated steel frame and from the cube-shaped cut-out, and the interior is brushed brass, giving the LED light some warmth." —S.P.

NY Times : David Rockwell : Light Snacks in a Busy Season

NY Times article : 

All appearances to the contrary, the New York architect David Rockwell is not channeling his energy into product design.

Yes, he is presenting two lighting groups during NYCxDesign. He was recently in Milan with his Valet furniture for the Chinese company Stellar Works. And his workplace collection for Knoll, called Rockwell Unscripted, will be introduced at the NeoCon furniture fair in June. What of it? Gold peeking through black is a feature of Mr. Rockwell’s steel lamps for the Turkish companyGaia & Gino. The lustrous cutaways have a sinuous curve. “And that really is a kind of flame,” he said. “A coincidence,” said Mr. Rockwell, 59. “The result of four to five years of interesting relationships” that just happened to bear fruit at the same time.

As is typical, he has a whole mess of stuff going on. His company, Rockwell Group, recently did the interiors of Vandal, a restaurant on the Bowery with an art program curated by the street artist Hush. It is working with the architects Diller, Scofidio & Renfro on Culture Shed, a multidisciplinary art space that will rise at Hudson Yards.

And it produced a quaint 1930s-style Hungarian perfume shop as a setting for the recent Broadway revival of the musical “She Loves Me.” Notch, a sconce created with the New York lighting company Rich Brilliant Willing, is a cube of blackened bronze with a diamond-shaped cutout revealing a brass surface inside.

As different as those endeavors are (and they’re just a few morsels in the Rockwell stewpot), they have something in common that product design lacks. When Mr. Rockwell designs a piece of architecture, he said, he creates the look and feel of a place in response to a brief: “With a product, it’s going to end up in a whole range of environments. We can’t control where it goes. The personality of the product emerges at the level of how things are made.”

His new LED lamps toe the line between object and ambience, as sculptures that modify their surroundings. Notch, for example, a sconce created with the New York lighting company Rich Brilliant Willing, which will be shown May 14 to 17 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center, is a cube of blackened bronze with a diamond-shaped cutout revealing a brass surface inside. This simple form can be modified to produce three varieties of light, a golden glow from the middle, an uplight and a downlight.

Gold peeking through black is also a feature of Mr. Rockwell’s steel lamps for the Turkish company Gaia & Gino, to be shown by Casa International at the WantedDesign show in Chelsea, May 13 to 16. In this case, the lustrous cutaways have a sinuous curve. “And that really is a kind of flame,” he said.

Metropolis : 20 Highlights from ICFF 2016

Metropolis article : RBWxRockwell Group. Absolute Grid chandelier : RBW heads Charles Brill, Theo Richardson, and Alexander Williams usually designs their light in-house, but they branched out with their first collaboration with Rockwell Group. The most dramatic piece they've designed is this chandelier, a modular arrangement of brass cubes and glowing globes.

Trend Hunter : Lunar Cycle Sconces

Trend Hunter article : David Rockwell is the designer behind the Rich Brilliant Willing lighting collection that highlights simplistic and modular forms with wall lights inspired by the lunar cycle. The wall sconce called 'Phase' replicates the look of the moon when it is lit and half-lit. Wall sconces are a minimalistic way home owners can add light to a space without occupying floorspace, making a design such as the 'Phase' light an ideal option for small homes. The light is a simplistic circular shape with a two-toned aesthetic that reimagines the way the moon looks when it is half visible. Only half of the sconce lights up, while the other half remains opaque. The yellowish tone of the lamp gives the light a soft ambient glow.

News Design List : rich brilliant willing lights up ICFF with david rockwell-designed suite + cinema chandelier

News Design List  article : the brooklyn-based studio presents the ‘cinema chandelier’ alongside a suite of geometric lights by david rockwell at ICFF during new york design week 2016.
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Curbed : 5 Illuminating New Lighting Collections

Curbed article : Even though New York Design Week is a couple of days behind us, our eyes are still primed for scoping out the best goods—especially in the lighting department. Here are a couple lamp collections that incorporate surprising elements in their designs. American designer and architect David Rockwell had a busy design week, releasing two collections for two different design houses. For New York-based lighting manufacturer Rich Brilliant Willing, Rockwell created three geometric light fixtures—two sconces and one chandelier. The versatile designs, named Notch, Phase, and Witt, were unveiled at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair earlier this week. Rockwell also designed steel lamps for Turkish company Gaia&Gino that were presented by Casa International at WantedDesign Show.