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January 23, 2015
The designer and creative director of Bocci's latest lighting collection, entitled 73, explores the material possibilities of the moment fabric meets glass.
Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

Vancouver-based designer Omer Arbel is constantly experimenting with process and form, and his latest debut is a dynamic progression in his series of organically shaped pendants. 

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Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

The amorphous shape of 73, so named for the chronological place in Arbel’s design continuum, is the result of gray glass blown straight into heat-resistant ceramic fabric. First a loose fabric vessel is created, next the hot glass is blown inside. Just like all of Arbel’s glass works, the piece is created without a mold of any kind. 

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Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

The final form is created once the glass cools; the fabric is temporary. A flat LED lamp is inserted, creating a diffused illumination. Each piece is completely unique and they are meant to hang together in a group.

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Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

The light is pictured here in a transparent shade.

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Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

A close-up view of the lamp's fabric-like texture.

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New Bocci showroom in a historic Berlin courthouse

Other news from Bocci includes the announcement that 2015 marks the company’s ten-year anniversary. A new showroom/warehouse/living laboratory will soon open within a historic Berlin courthouse with a six-story atrium.

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Omer Arbel fabric and glass pendants for Bocci

Vancouver-based designer Omer Arbel is constantly experimenting with process and form, and his latest debut is a dynamic progression in his series of organically shaped pendants. 

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