In this interview series, Shop Talk, we chat with friends and collaborators of Rich Brilliant Willing on the ideas, discoveries, and inspirations that drive their design process.
From the rays of morning sunlight to the glow of lamps on our studio desks, lighting colors all aspects of each day, regulating our circadian rhythms and setting the tenor of our mood during moments of work, rest, and play. As designers and manufacturers of light, our work often takes us into a range of spaces and projects—as well as into the company of fantastic collaborators who, like the team here at Rich Brilliant Willing, share our belief in the power of light to create atmosphere.
We recently teamed with the hospitality startup Lyric to outfit its first New York City property at 70 Pine, with 132 suites across four floors in a historic Art Deco building in Lower Manhattan. Irene Yu, senior manager of interior design at Lyric, tells us how the company is rethinking hospitality with concept-driven design—taking aim at the sweet spot between a boutique hotel and an Airbnb—and discusses the inspirations and challenges of working within a landmark structure.