With its beauty and flexibilty of configuration, the Bocci 14 Series challenges the conventions of traditional lighting. Whether it’s a single pendnant or a staggering curtained display, the 14 Series captures attention. We’re digging deeper into this iconic design to look behind the scenes and discover secrets that have remained untold.
Who Designed the Bocci 14 Series?
The 14 Series was designed by Omer Arbel in 2005. He currently acts as the creative director for design and manufacturing for Bocci. In light of this, the 14 Series is a prime example of how his conceptual approach as the creative director has given birth to a collection of conceptually driven lighting.
What was the inspiration behind the design?
Process and material is what inspires Omer Arbel, the final form of each design being secondary to the method of creation. In the case of 14, the inspiration came from the creation of the meniscus by pouring molten glass into a hemispherical mould. After joining the two hemispheres together, the meniscus gave the glass a particular optical quality much like candles floating in water. Thus, the Bocci 14 Series was born.
Has the design been a part of any specific projects that you’d like to highlight?
While 14 is in installations all around the world, one of note is the 2000+ pieces of 14 Series at Whisk restaurant in the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong. It’s an impressive installation that utilizes a staggering number of pendants from the 14 Series to create a curtain of floating bubbles and glowing light.
Are there any interesting facts about the design most people would be unaware of?
Originally, all of the drilling for 14 was done by hand. The process took place in a red barn on the outskirts of Vancouver and all of the tools used were actual agricultural equipment. Though, the farm was zoned for agricultural purposes only. Early production of 14 had to occur in secret, which was rather exciting.
What makes the 14 Series so unique?
What makes 14 so unique is that it goes against the notion of a traditional chandelier as a centerpiece. We would ordinarily see a chandelier as the focal point of a room. Instead, 14 creates an ambient field of light that highlights space, while managing not to condense it. The result allows for an emotional connection to take place within the volume of a room.
Edward Flores is an Assistant Site Merchandiser at YLighting. He is a Bay Area native and SFSU graduate who loves to spend his time creating music and finding new hiking trails in Oakland, which he currently calls home. His favorite YLighting product is the Moooi Horse Lamp.