28 is an exploration of fabrication process which is part of Arbel's quest for specificity in manufacturing. Instead of designing form itself, here the intent was to design a system that produces form. Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it which produce a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 made is formally different from any other 28 in existence.
28 is an exploration of specificity in manufacturing. Instead of designing form itself, here the intent was to design a system of making that yields form. Individual 28 pendants result from a complex glass blowing technique whereby air pressure is intermittently introduced into and then removed from a glass matrix which is intermittently heated and then rapidly cooled. The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of imploded inner shapes, one of which acts as a shade for a low voltage (12V, 20W) xenon light source.
28.16 is a random configuration of sixteen 28 pendants hung from a square canopy. The drop lengths of the pendants are randomized between a client specified range of heights to variously cluster and scatter. The result is an ambient chandelier or field of light.
28 pendants are designed to cluster in hexagonal shapes which nestle into each other to create patterns as dictated by the needs of the interior. They may also be clustered or composed in an ambient manner similar to their distant cousins the 14’s.
Standard 28’s are made with clear glass exterior spheres and milk white interior lamp holder cavities. 28’s are possible with infinite versatility in colour compositions, sizes and shapes.
- Blown glass, braided metal coaxial cable, electrical components and a white powder coated canopy.
- Diffuser Width: 6.5 inch
- Canopy: Length 23.5 inch X Width 23.5 inch X Height 2 inch
- Lamping: 20W Xenon
- As an alternative to a built-in transformer, Bocci recommends mounting transformers remotely in an easily accessible and hidden location for ease of long-term maintenance.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Bocci is a world leader in contemporary lighting design. Led by creative director Omer Arbel, Bocci creates stunning lighting solutions of the utmost quality and craftsmanship. Starting with the 14 series cast glass chandeliers, Bocci continued to create beautiful lighting with the ceramic 21 series and the blown glass 28 and 38 series. In addition to lighting, Bocci creates modern furniture and electrical accessories.
Obviously architectural, the conceptual chandeliers are available in a range of different colours and unlimited configurations.
Bocci 28.16 Square Random Chandelier Light Designed by:
- Omer Arbel
Omer Arbel graduated from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture in 2000, and, after apprenticeships with several architectural companies, founded Omer Arbel Office, a Vancouver-based design practice, in 2005. The practice produces designs for buildings, objects, furniture, lighting and electrical accessories.
Arbel is also 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.