A Look at Rich Brilliant Willing
Friends and graduates of Rhode Island School of Design, Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alexander Williams founded Rich Brilliant Willing in 2007, quickly gaining a reputation for simple, design-driven fixtures. The Brooklyn, New York based company’s collection has grown over the years to include minimalist staple lights to bold sculptural pieces that most definitely fall into the “art” category. Almost a decade later, RBW continues to unveil lighting that’s both surprising and covetable. Here, we take a look at just a slice of what they have to offer.
Simple yet edgy, the flush mount Crisp Wall/Ceiling Light works in just about any space as an accent light that you can mount on either the wall or ceiling. The molded glass diffuser has a ridged surface, much like that of a potato chip.
The Mori Wall Sconce – Pod (from the Mori Collection) is minimalist in design with an organic-shaped shade that covers a simple cross-wire frame and LED light source inside. A unique process creates the cocoon-like shade that gets sprayed with a matte lacquer finish. The light emitted feels warm, much like a lantern-like, ambient glow.
Like the rest of the Delta family, the Delta I Pendant Light features a shade that is reminiscent of traditional box pleating techniques. The shade’s form recalls a mix of Japanese lanterns, metal rooftop vents, turbines, and classical columns. The pendant is available in either a opaque black shade with a gold foil lining or a white shade with a translucent liner.
Mimicking branches on a tree, the Branch Triple Chandelier is made of three bent plywood “branches” covered with perforated metal shell shades that cascade from the metal structure.
Is it a piece of art or a functional object? Well, the Palindrome 4 Light LED Chandelier is both, as it’s a functioning lighting fixture, as well as a work of sculptural art. The modern chandelier is made from a steel frame that can be put together into various configurations. This fixture holds four sand-blasted glass shades that can be adjusted to your liking, much like its frame.
Have a larger space with a bigger table? You can go with the Palindrome 8 Light LED Chandelier for double the light.
Whether your style is more minimalist or you’re looking for a statement piece, you’ll definitely be able to find something by Rich Brilliant Willing that fits the bill.
Caroline Williamson is the Managing Editor of the modern design blog Design Milk. After getting her BFA in photography from SCAD, she moved to Los Angeles and completely submerged herself into the world of design. If she had any free time, she'd spend it painting, drawing, and maybe taking a nap.