The Brooklyn lighting designer’s experimental style ranges from delicate palm frond-inspired sconces to chandeliers that resemble molecules.
When fledgling lighting designer Rosie Li presented her senior thesis project at RISD in 2011, she received the ultimate stamp of approval: an endorsement from Lindsey Adelman.
The celebrated New York designer, visiting RISD as a guest critic, was so taken with one of Li’s lamp prototypes that she texted a photo of it to Jason Miller, the founder of lighting company Roll & Hill. Li got a licensing deal and, eventually, a job there before she founded her own studio with engineer and fellow Roll & Hill colleague Philip Watkins in 2015.
Her experimental yet glamorous approach to light—from delicate palm frond–inspired sconces to chandeliers that resemble molecules—has earned her work spots in projects by many big-name designers. Li’s most recent collection is a new take on her Bubbly series—a set of luminaires that look like iridescent soap bubbles. She achieves the finish through a technique called physical vapor deposition.
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