A deeper look

Taking Inventory

In this book, Taking Inventory, we take stock of all the elements that make up RBW: the atmosphere of lighting that has guided us; the parts that we make that form our products; and the people who design them, build them, market them, and collaborate with our clients.

Our manufacturing journey has been about committing to our community. We make our own parts on a 10,000-square-foot floor of a building we now occupy in Industry City, Brooklyn. What began as an exercise in design became an exercise in finding ways to achieve quality in our inventory. Making things requires a sincere and sobering recognition that if your products are not part of a solution to our climate-change emergency, then you are likely a contributor to the problem. We were proud to receive our B-Corp designation last year—among the very first lighting companies to do so. We make lighting products as sustainably as we can, with social and environmental governance as a core part of what we do.

Our journey has also been about centering the relationships we’ve fostered. We’ve grown exponentially in better understanding our customers’ needs. But RBW also doesn’t exist without the skillful, talented, and happy people who are committed to doing great work. Among our most important relationships are the deep bonds we’ve built with our team.

What's inside

Sneak Peek

A snapshot in time documenting the ambition, the parts, and the people that made our first 10 years possible.

In this book, Taking Inventory, we take stock of all the elements that make up RBW: the atmosphere of lighting that has guided us; the parts that we make that form our products; and the people who design them, build them, market them, and collaborate with our clients.

Theo Richardson

RBW Partner & Director of Innovation

Concept & Design Wax Studios by Zak Klauck & David Yun
Editor Jacqui Palumbo
Light Study Photography Samantha Valle
Scan Producer Yves B. Golden
Book Photography Mike Garten