A matrix of hot glass is stretched and folded back onto itself numerous times as it cools. Air is trapped between the folds and stretched along the grain of the loop, creating microfilaments that give the piece a pearlescent optical quality. An LED light source is introduced at one end of the loop casting light through the microfilaments and registering a gentle gradient.


all by creative director Omer Arbel

May 2017
Berlin based Canadian design and manufacturing brand Bocci launches three new pendant lights and a surface mounted light design. All four designs have been developed at Bocci’s in-house glass and prototyping studio in Vancouver, where a series of experiments gave way to four distinct techniques that are the defining element behind each new series. These latest additions to Bocci’s growing portfolio of sculptural lighting debuted at Euroluce in Milan last April. All four designs will be available to the trade in summer 2017.
Bocci's creative director Omer Arbel balances on the intersection between architecture, sculpture, invention, and design. Themes in his work include a focus on the intrinsic physical, chemical, and mechanical qualities of materials, the volumetric treatment of natural and artificial light, propagation of self-organizing patterns, studio glass and a romantic mystical approach to the specific contexts and contingencies of each particular project.
A white glass bubble is captured inside a fine copper mesh basket and then plunged into hot clear glass. Air is blown into the matrix to gently push the white glass through the mesh, creating a delicate pillowed form that is suspended inside the thick outer layer of clear glass. A LED light is casting a warm coppery hue.
Each 44 results from a free pour of molten aluminium into a large canister filled with rock-like modules of resin-impregnated sand, a waste product of conventional sand casting. Low voltage electricity is transmitted through the castings, allowing a light source to be suspended between them without using cables.
A vacuum is introduced to a strata composed of hot white and clear glass with copper mesh between; the vacuum causes the white layer to pull away through the embedded mesh, leaving numerous tendrils of white glass suspended within an interstitial space as it goes.