Numbers by Bocci…

No. 28 / photography by Robert Keizure

Very much in awe of these pendant light fixtures designed by Omar Arbel of Bocci. Can’t decide whether I like them displayed alone or in a cluster. Each has its own organic quality that I’m really drawn to. When hung by itself, it’s so visually subtle and quiet that it allows the room to have a life of its own. Oh but when they are clustered like a pendant chandelier, they become the center stage… everything in the room revolves around the cluster. The floating and almost candle-like effect is mesmerizing. Quote, due to the organic nature of cast glass – hand crafted and inherently imperfect – each piece produced is entirely unique from any other piece, unquote. Well, I beg to differ on the “inherently imperfect” bit. I think they are quite perfect indeed, in all their shining glory – with bruises, bubbles and all.


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Glowing Orbs

When I discovered these glowing glass orbs by Bocci, I was immediately taken by their scale and simplicity. I love the process offered, creating one of a kind works of art.  Whether cast or blown glass, the applied methodology results in a stunning luminarie. Glass as a medium is unlike any other. It begins in a molten state. It is a mixture liquified by heat, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients, and cooling rapidly.  The end result is almost unbelievable; a unique object which often possesses varied levels of transparency and texture. Omer Arbel trained as an Architect.  He lead a multidisciplinary design studio focused on blurring the boundaries between architecture, industrial design, and materials research.  This foundation is evident in this beautiful collection introduced as Bocci's creative director. His emphasis on fine craft and prototyping is present in these unique works of art. "28 is a result of a glass blowing technique whereby air is intermittently blown in and then sucked out of an intermittently heated and then cooled glass matrix.  The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of inner shapes, one of which houses a low voltage or LED lamp."

14 is a family of low voltage pendants designed to be clustered.  Each individual pendant is an articulated cast glass sphere with a frosted cylindrical void that houses a…halogen or LED lamp. The light from the center of the sphere iinteracts with the imperfections, rifts, bruises and bubbles of the cast glass to project a visually rich halo of light.  Due to the organic nature of cast glass-hand crafted and inherently imperfect-each piece is  entirely unique from any other piece."



A single orb would 'enlighten' any space. When a collection of fixtures is placed together, it creates a dramatic and memorable statement.

All photographs and excerpts courtesy of Bocci.

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