The X Diamond 3/60, by Stickbulb, was on view during the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), in New York from May 14 to 17. The piece is composed of 60 3-foot-long illuminated wood segments connected by 36 cast brass joints. The second in a limited edition series of 25, the version shown during ICFF was constructed from reclaimed Southern yellow pine collected from demolished New York City buildings. (A maple version was on display during Miami Art Week in December 2015 and also during Milan Design Week 2016).
“The story of this wood is profound,” Greenberg says. “It traces back to 1870 and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, when a 150,000 square mile forest of Southern Longleaf Pine was mined to near extinction in order to feed an insatiable building boom in New York City. This pine forms the support structure of the Brooklyn Bridge today, the structure of countless warehouses such as the former Domino Sugar Factory and it once even underpinned subway tracks. Now, it lives again as light in Stickbulb.”
Stickbulb was co-founded in 2012 by Yale School of Architecture graduates Christopher Beardsley and Russell Greenberg to focus their interest in architecture, modular systems, and sustainable manufacturing. A modular LED system from reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood, Stickbulb is an extension of Greenberg’s design company, RUX, which he started in 2008. •