David Rockwell with Rich Brilliant Willing
David Rockwell with Rich Brilliant Willing is a new lighting collaboration between the innovative LED lighting company Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW) and Rockwell Group, the award-winning architecture and design firm.
The collection is the first collaboration between RBW and an outside design firm. The collaboration represents Rockwell Group’s long relationship working with RBW on creating customised lighting for a diverse range of projects from the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center to residential buildings in New York and Miami.
For this collection, Rockwell Group and RBW have taken pure geometric forms like spheres and cubes and softened them with poetic simplicity. Through variations in configuration and light, the three minimalist, suspension and wall mounted LED fixtures solve a range of very functional needs.
Witt: is a modular, geometric take on the traditional chandelier. Two glowing, pearl-like luminaires are framed by the graphic outlines of five hollow brass cubes, which, like building blocks, allow for endless compositions. They can be hung in a linear procession, both horizontally and vertically; as a cluster; or at staggered heights. The sets of five can also be combined to a customised scale. The ultra-slim suspension cables are near invisible, leaving the focus on the composition.
Phase: recalls a quarter of the lunar cycle, Earth’s moon half lit. Half of this wall-mounted, cast-glass spherical sconce emits a bright light, while the other half is coated in a chrome finish for reduced output. As a result, Phase becomes multi-directional. It can be installed with the exposed half facing upwards to create a brighter, more diffused ambience. Conversely, the exposed half facing downwards concentrates light in a dramatic effect below. When turned off, its minimal profile takes on a sculptural quality. At night, it changes the character and atmosphere of a room by giving off a warm, lively glow.
Notch: casts light from the top, the bottom, and from its core, thanks to the cube-shaped hollow cut out of its open, rectangular, column-like shade—yet the light source remains mysteriously concealed. In addition to enhancing the aesthetic qualities of the fixture itself, the contrasting finishes on the interior and exterior also improve the light. As the LEDs reflect off of the interior surfaces, they pick up some of the colour and shine, adding nuance and depth to the overall environment.