Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing house located in Vancouver, Canada. Unlike typical corporate structures, Bocci operates unconventionally as a co-operative community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a healthy, flexible and stable network united under the goal of creating practical but striking consumer goods of the highest quality.
In contrast to trends of outsourcing, Bocci is committed to manufacturing at their Vancouver factory. They have a fully equipped glass blowing studio in the same building as their offices, warehouse and design studio, and off site locations for glass casting, ceramics and metal sand casting. Their designers, technicians, and salespeople walk through the factory floor to get to their desks, and thus have an intimate and profound connection to their work. All these activities take place around a central courtyard with a large tree, carved into the 5th floor of a renovated art deco former printing press building located close to Vancouver's downtown, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Even though their pieces focus on the more emotional, irrational and romantic shades of the contemporary design spectrum, they are deeply committed to rigorous and intelligent execution. They are not afraid of technical complexity, and are constantly searching for technical innovation. When they came to the conclusion that commercially available lamps did not meet their rigorous quality standards, they developed and are now manufacturing their own proprietary Xenon and LED lamps, which have longer lamp lives and lower failure rates than available alternatives. Their thirst for innovation translates into everything they do, ranging from the process of making the sculptural chandelier shades, to the design of the components that hold them together, to the lamps that are used to light them and to the packaging that contains them.
Omer Arbel trained in the late 1990?s as an architect. He apprenticed under Enric, Miralles, John and Patricia Parkau and Peter Busby, among others; and was centrally involved in several successful high profile building projects and international design competitions.
In 2003, Arbel founded a multi-disciplinary design studio focused on blurring the boundaries between the fields of architecture, industrial design, manufacturing and materials research. This interdisciplinary approach was born of the necessities of building a sustainable and ambitious office in a context with little opportunity within the cultural periphery, but has since transformed into a structure uniquely positioned to explore the rich area of investigation in the overlap of these fields.
In 2005, Arbel became Bocci's creative director. His conceptual approach, now fueled by an infrastructure for prototyping, fine craft, manufacturing and distribution, has given birth to a collection of conceptually driven lighting, furniture, electrical accessories and objects, which have since gained significant presence and impact within the design community.
Accolades include several Red Dot and iF Awards, a Yellow Pencil Yearbook Entry, the Ron Thom Early Design Achievement Award, a World Architecture Festival Shortlist, with Corrine Hunt, the commission to design the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medals, and most recently a major installation at the grand atrium of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.View other products by Omer Arbel