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Chime lighting collection by Stickbulb

Stickbulb designs Chime to look like a "tree and a chandelier had a baby"

New York design studio Rux has extended its modular Stickbulb series with a chandelier modelled on a large wind chime.

The latest edition to Stickbulb – the lighting arm of design firm Rux – Chime is intended as a modern take on the classic chandelier.

Chime lighting collection by Stickbulb

A series of slender wooden rods inlaid with LED strips screw onto powder-coated steel rings to form the light. However, they appear to hang freely, mimicking the formation of a windchime.

"If a tree and a chandelier had a baby… it would look something like Chime,” said Rux co-founder Russell Greenberg in a project description.

"It has the mass, presence, and sumptuous form of a traditional crystal chandelier but with a completely different structural and material intelligence," Greenberg added.

Chime lighting collection by Stickbulb

Greenberg founded Rux in 2008, and then set up Stickbulb with Chris Beardsley four years later. The team aims to create sustainable and environmentally conscious designs.

Stickbulb's products are all made in-house at the brand's Long Island City studio, and predominantly use reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood.

For Chime, the designers have used redwood reclaimed from a water tower recently demolished in the city. Other options include sustainably sourced American walnut and maple, and ebonised oak.

Chime is available in three sizes including 20, 28 and 36 inches, which can either be hung individually or clustered together into "cascading forms".

Chime lighting collection by Stickbulb

The rods can be twisted individually to reveal the LED outward or inward, depending on the amount of light the user desires. This adaptable design is a departure from the fixed hinged lights featured in most of Stickbulb's previous collections.

"After seven years of playing with rigid connectors, it felt like it was time to loosen up a bit,” said Greenberg."Unique to Chime is a ball joint connector that allows each Stickbulb 360 degrees of rotation within its socket, as well as the ability to sway in a gentle breeze."

Chime lighting collection by Stickbulb

Rux will debut Stickbulb's Chime at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The event is set to take place from 19 to 22 May at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York to coincide withthe city's design week.

Other events as part of NYCx Design 2019 include the Design Pavilion in Times Square and an installation by Studio INI at A/D/O.