Gala chandelier by
Rich Brilliant Willing


Product news: these chandeliers by American lighting designers Rich Brilliant Willing feature glowing blobs of glass that dangle from aluminium rods.

Gala Chandelier by RBW

The Gala chandelier was designed by Rich Brilliant Willing with a form taken from nature. "It's like "full, ripe fruit hanging on a branch," says the studio.

Gala Chandelier by RBW

The bulbs are hand-blown by a local glass blower, before being hooked over aluminium rods using fixings that look like basket handles.

Gala Chandelier by RBW

The rods come in three lengths - 42 inch, 72 inch or 114 inch - and can be combined with a choice of small, large or long bulbs that can be configured in either symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangements along the rod.

Gala Chandelier by RBW

Gala chandelier was presented last month at New York Design Week, where Rich Brilliant Willing also launched a wall-mounted bedside lamp that can be swivelled to angle light where it's needed.

Gala Chandelier by RBW

Other lamps we've recently published include a set of pendant lamps with raised collars that direct light up to the ceiling as well as down to the floor and a duo of floor lamps that have shades almost identical to their bases. See all our stories about lighting »

Gala Chandelier by RBW

Here's a product description from Rich Brilliant Willing:

Full, ripe fruit hanging on a branch. The Gala Chandelier takes its cues from nature (and a RBW favourite snack!), with curvaceous, organic forms that sit alongside or above one another on a strong linear arm. Hand-blown glass bulbs are supported by a sleek aluminium beam, adding warmth and subtle character to any contemporary space.

Gala also conjures a festive celebration and it is this spirit that the warm orbs of light intend to offer. Basket like ‘handles’ connect globes to the beam and discreet powered cables connect the beam to the ceiling.

All RBW products are hand-assembled in the studio and with that as a production backbone, we thought to further explore artisan skills and craft in our 2013 collection. The Gala Chandelier’s most prominent design feature is undoubtedly its glass bulbs and for this, we sourced a local glass blower.

A technique developed in the middle of the last century BC, glassblowing requires a blow pipe and super lung strength. These tools allow molten glass to form into a bubble and from there it can be shaped however the blower sees fit.

  • Bridget

    I saw this at ICFF and fell in love. Unfortunately, it’s way out of my price range.

  • Julian

    With a name like ‘Gala Chandelier’ I would expect something extravagant and flashy. For me, it is only a fairly plain pendant luminary, lacking any technological or aesthetic innovation, any esprit or surprise. Check out the stuff Lindsey Adelman from NY does. Same materials, different approach. That work would be worth a post, dear Dezeen.

    • Simpleandok

      I don’t want to disrespect your opinion concerning Adelman. But my professional opinion is that I could use this pendant more easily and freely in home and public spaces, because it is visually more balanced (than any Adelman’s work in their website) and with small effort it can be made to fit larger or smaller spaces without creating visual chaos on the ceiling.

      I don’t think it is healthy to think that design is just visual art, innovations and surprises. For me it is more like a tool and that said, this is the reason why a “fairly plain pendant” is seen in public spaces more often than “artsy looking doodlings”. More often also means more income to the designer. Nothing new under the sun but it is still solid good design.