“At Bocci, we strive to create objects that become companions in people’s lives. We believe that an object contributes in the most meaningful way to the sustainability discussion if it is, quite simply, never thrown away. If we are able to make objects that suggest the possibility of a commitment to living an entire lifetime alongside them, then the selection of one object over another becomes important and meaningful – and therefore, investment in the quality, value, beauty and worth of the objects that surround us becomes paramount.” - Omer Arbel
Omer Arbel is the creative director of the manufacturing and design company, Bocci, that produces cast glass lighting features. Cast glass is an organic process, imperfect by nature and each piece is hand made to the client’s specifications. Bocci is now featured in buildings and homes worldwide and has won several high profile international design awards.
In Vancouver the studio is housed in a building the size of a two-car garage and employs three shifts of glass blowers around the clock. Click here to watch several Bocci videos on the making of their glass lighting and other products.
The emotional qualities inherent in light and the intrinsic quality of the materials Bocci uses transform interior spaces, altering the mood and becoming active, sculptural works of art.
In 2013, as part of the London Design Festival, Bocci installed a giant chandelier of colourful glass spheres at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The installation, featuring 280 of Bocci's celebrated 28 Series of glass pendant lamps, was installed in the main atrium of the museum. Watch the video of the installation...
During February 2015 Omer Arbel has an exhibition at the Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver. It consists of his sculptures using fused glass, steel, copper and nickel. For images and information on the exhibition, go to: http://www.monteclarkgallery.com/current.php
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