Must-See Lighting Week 2012, Day 3: The Brashness of Rich Brilliant Willing


Rich Brilliant Willing is what you’d expect from a New York City-based product design studio and manufacturer: brash but talented. I mean, the name says it all for goodness sake (though it’s actually a play on the partners’ names–Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alexander Williams). “America’s premier contemporary lighting and furniture design manufacturer,” its website says audaciously. But the firm does have some mojo to back up the moxie. It was named among the “Top 40” designers by I.D. magazine, given the 2011 International Contemporary Furniture Fair ‘Best New Designer’ award, and was on Forbes’s “30 under 30” working in Art & Design. A few products that I like are Delta, Bright Side of Life, and Lights Without Darkness.

The Delta lighting series was inspired by propulsion systems and rooftop vents, the trio says. It features a black fabric shade with a gold foil liner or a white shade with a translucent white liner. Delta III costs $815 and is ideal for compact fluorescent and other energy-efficient bulbs to generate warm diffused light. Delta IV costs $1,840, and uses three 100-watt (max) E26 energy-efficient bulbs.

Delta III

Delta IV

Designed in 2010 by Rich Brilliant Willing and manufactured by Artecnica, the Bright Side Lights pendant is made from cast glass and can be laid on its sides for use as a table lamp. It costs $125.

Bright Side of Life

Lights Without Darkness is also designed by the firm and manufactured by Artecnica. It’s essentially the same light, though it has slightly different proportions and lines. It uses the same materials as well. Priced at $125, it, too, can be used as a pendant or can be laid on its side for use as a table lamp.

Light Without Darkness