Rich Brilliant Willing

Posted by Scott

Some excellent product design going on over at Rich, Brilliant, Willing. Indeed, I’m guessing you need to be all three of those things to own any of their products. I think that’s the last thing I’d spend money on, lighting. Even though it’s probably one of the more important factors in making a room look good and feel comfortable, it’s so hard to justify these $1,000 lamps and fixtures. Forever Ikea.

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Dennis says:

November 12, 2010 at 10:05 am

To me these aren’t worth anything near a 1000 dollars. Nowadays you can get customized industrial lamps for 1/10th of the price, which I think look even better then these.


HalcyonART says:

November 12, 2010 at 11:09 am

Can I suppose that Scott criticism the price of this lamp ? ;)

Because if it’s yes, we can discuss about the licence who exploding the prices like Charles Eams and his beautiful seat and all the “designed” objects selling in a closed distribution channel.

This is so pitty to design that kind of object and put this huge price… Design is definitely not for everybody !


KEVIN A says:

November 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

They look like IKEA designs to me.

Most of them look simple enough that you could easily build it yourself for 46 bucks. Start with an IKEA lamp; gut the lighting hardware. Then a trip to Home Depot for bar stock and paint (and a slice of laminated wood while you’re at it), and you’re pretty much good to go… assuming that you want to spend all that time building stuff that looks like IKEA!


Scott says:

November 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I actually have no clue how much they are. I just assume very expensive when the site says “if you’re interesting in purchasing, contact so-and-so”. I think that means not cheap.

I am sure a lot of these designers can justify high prices though. These aren’t mass produced items, their own costs are probably very high.


Curtis says:

November 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Around Christmas of 1990, I bought myself an Artemide Tolomeo desk lamp. I’d been looking for a replacement for a broken lamp I got for cheap at Target (or was it Kmart or Office Depot). All I could find was the same junk that I had bought a year and a half before — wasn’t so horrible to look at, gave good light where I needed it, but was destined for the landfill due to the poor quality of construction. So, I bought a Tolomeo. It was WAY out of my budget, around 15x the cost of the lamp I replaced.. Perhaps I’d have gone through maybe 8-10 of those lamps in the last 20 years (then tossed into our dumps and landfills, what a waste). Financially, the investment hasn’t yet matured; aesthetically and functionally, the investment paid the day I bought it. The Tolomeo shows no signs of wear, except for the nice patina developed on the reflector tongue handle.

Often premium-cost fixtures/furniture/autos/etc are unrealistic and unnecessarily inflated (as some of the above are, I think), but sometimes you get what you pay for — those producing a quality, sustainable product will get my money.

“Forever IKEA”, my reply: “Once ARTEMIDE”!

Our dumps, l


TR says:

November 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

I don’t think the lamp in the last image is for sale DENNIS. I think it’s about the model objects next to it.

Nice Curtis!!
“Forever Ikea / Once Artemide!”


Scott says:

November 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Dennis, TR: Yeah, the last image features their digital clock. I am not sure who designed the lamp, but either way, it is not the same as the bureaulamp in Dennis’ link and I am betting cannot be had for anywhere even near as low as $15.