Feelings of peace and calm categorise Alison Berger’s new designs for RH

The American designer's first furniture collection for RH also features lighting and mirrors. The designs pay tribute to the planet and evoke a sense of balance and reflection through a sophisticated use of glass, metal and traditional techniques

Alison Berger chandelier for RH
Alison Berger's collection of furniture for RH follows a lighting installation the designer created for the American brand's New York flagship store in 2018. The design of the Rain chandelier, pictured above, directly nods to the installation, featuring suspended drops of hand-blown glass
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When American furniture brand RH opened its behemoth Manhattan flagship store in the heart of the Meatpacking District back in 2018, the centerpiece of the sprawling neutral-toned furniture showroom was undoubtedly the light and glass installation by designer Alison Berger. Entitled ‘New York Night’ and designed to mimic the atmosphere of experiencing the city’s lights through the rain, the dramatic installation effortlessly cascaded down through a 90 ft stairwell with a soft and ethereal effect.
This month, RH unveils a new partnership with Berger that will enable clients to re-create that quixotic ephemerality in the comforts of home. Long considered an artisan and maker, Berger has created five new collections for the company that encompasses lighting, furniture and objects. One line entitled Rain, also directly nods to the New York installation, with its weighty drops of hand-blown glass, each suspended from a slim black cord.

Restoration Hardware lighting by Alison Berger

The Fulcrum Table Lamp designed by Alison Berger for RH, inspired by scales and mathematical instruments

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‘I went about conceptualizing the five collections for RH to express the beauty of glass and the quality of light, keeping in mind what would be possible with large-scale glass manufacturing capabilities,’ shares Berger, who has only ever made bespoke pieces from her Los Angeles atelier over the past 20 years. ‘There really weren’t challenges in handing over the reins because the designs were conceptualized to capitalize on the processes of manufactured glasswork. That is not to say there wasn’t some trial and error; isn’t that the case in anything that is being created anew?’
Berger has created two other lighting collections: Fulcrum, a design that stems from her long standing fascination with antique scales and other mathematical instruments of measure, and Pearl, which is formed by glass spheres that feature intricate carvings inspired by the Venetian inciso technique. The lighting offerings are balanced by the Ice Table collection, where thick slabs of glass, reminiscent of bare blocks of ice, are held in place by a hand-cast metal base, allowing light to permeate through. Berger’s first ever mirror design, named Aperture for the layered scaffolding that holds a swiveling glass lens, rounds everything out by cutting a memorable figure.

Restoration Hardware furniture by Alison Berger

Berger's Aperture Mirror, the American designer's first ever mirror design

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‘Our studio practice throughout the years has incorporated different forms using glass, so we wanted to include forms other than lighting into the collections for RH,’ Berger explains. ‘Conceptually, I wanted the designs to honor the planet and to be aware of our natural surroundings, which is why some of the works are titled Rain, Pearl and Ice. I also wanted to capitalize on the message of balance and reflection, which brought forth the collections Fulcrum and Aperture. I wanted the results to feel beautiful and elegant, and when viewed, bring a sense of peace and calm once they are placed into a space.’ 

Alison Berger light for RH

The Fulcrum pendant by Alison Berger for RH, part of a collection the designer created to convey a 'message of balance and reflection'

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Alison Berger table design for RH

The lighting in the collection is balanced by sophisticated furniture pieces such as the Ice Table, pictured here. Berger's design for the table is characterized by thick ice-like slabs of glass, held by a hand-cast metal base and allowing light to permeate through

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Alison Berger lighting for RH

The Pearl chandelier, featuring intricate grooves that nod to the traditional inciso technique used by Venetian glass makers

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Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.