Design by Omer Arbel.
28 series is an exploration of fabrication process which is part of creative director, Omer Arbel's, quest for specificity in manufacturing. Instead of designing form itself, the intent for the 28 series was to design a system that produces form. Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it, which produces a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 series piece made is formally different from any other in existence. Individual 28 series pendants result from 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 inner shapes, one of which is made of opaque milk glass and houses a low voltage xenon lamp.
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 maybe clustered or composed in an ambient manner similar to their distant cousins the 14's. Suitable for residential and commercial use. Popular applications include clusters over tables in dining rooms and restaurants, accessory lighting in living rooms, decorative lighting, linear configurations or clusters over bars and kitchen islands and large chandeliers in building lobbies and other public spaces, and tiling multiple chandeliers to create impactful installations in private or public spaces.
The glass is made with clear glass exterior spheres and milk white interior glass cavities and are suspended from braided metal coaxial cable. Powder coated rectangular white canopy houses the electronic transformers, see instructions for specific mounting requirements. The 28.16 is equipped with "Headphone jack" hardware, allowing the canopy to be mounted on its own, and then the preset length pendants can be individually "plugged in".
Pendants CANNOT be shortened in the field. When ordering please specify the longest height (10 feet max) and the shortest height. Heights are measured from the ceiling to the bottom of the diffuser. The remaining pendants will be at random heights between the maximum and the minimum.
Material(s): Blown Glass
Lamp Type: XENON
Bulbs: Xenon: 16 X 20W 12V bi-pin xenon lamp (included)
Listing: CSA, UCSA
Instructions: Click to download instructions.
Model(s): 28.16 Rectangle
Omer Arbel trained in the late 1990s 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, and materials research. It has been said of Arbel's practice that it's industrial design works, in both limited edition and mass produced formats, appear to be motivated by larger scale concepts which can only be considered architectural. Conversely, critics have noted that the practices' architectural works appear to be inspired by an obsession with the object, the possibilities implicit in the process of making, and the intrinsic quality of materials.
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.See other lights/products from Omer Arbel
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.
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