An honors graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Rico Espinet started as a sculptor. His interest in objects soon evolved to installations in which the placement of the sculpture became as important as the objects themselves. Lighting was an integral part of these installations, defining space and heightening the overall experience. Rico Espinet features lamps and fixtures for Robert Abbey Lighting, Inc. that couples perspicuous line and warm, often atmospheric light into collections that affirm their environment. Drawing from his background in sculpture, architecture, and a fascination with the beauty of mundane objects, Rico Espinet's lighting is rooted in a generous vocabulary of form. Although Rico Espinet continues to extend his collection, his first designs are still classics. The Monk Lamp, originally fashioned with a microphone base and plumbing pipe, was a homemade reading lamp Espinet had made for himself. When a photo shoot by Todd Eberle of Espinet’s studio landed the lamp in both a House & Garden article and a Hunter Douglas ad campaign, Robert Abbey invited him to design a line to manufacture. The Scribe Lamp, influenced by the Monk Lamp was his first design for Robert Abbey Lighting, Inc.
Robert Abbey Rico Espinet Tatu Large Base Torchiere Table Lamp
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Family owned and operated, Robert Abbey's passion has always been design. In the early 1990’s they moved their factories and offices from New York to the foothills of North Carolina.
Robert Abbey products include table lamps, desk lamps, floor lamps, wall fixtures, ceiling fixtures, coffee tables, and end tables. With transitional and contemporary design, Robert Abbey is a perfect brand for today's homes. Robert Abbey features amazing products from world-renown designers such as Jonathan Adler, David Easton, and Rico Espinet.