“Pro Forma,” the first solo exhibition of the work of Rich Brilliant Willing, the New York design studio, opens tomorrow at the Volume Gallery in Chicago. The show features five pieces inspired by airplane shipping containers. Each piece, made in editions of 12 to 16, is being sold with two bases, one vertical and one horizontal, to allow for dual uses of each design.
“The materials we’re using refer to a lost era of luxury travel,” said Alex Williams of RBW. “While actual containers are made of rough industrial materials, like raw aluminum or plastic parts, we’re taking the luxury approach to them by using leather, brass and beautiful hardwoods.” The firm’s partners, Williams, Charles Brill and Theo Richardson.
Prices start at $4,500 (the nightstand, above, starts at $4,500). Through April 3 at 328 South Jefferson Street, Chicago, 414 841 3003 or volume gallery