28 results from an innovative fabrication process that manipulates both the temperature and the directionof air flow into blown glass. 28 is formed by creating a conventional glass-blown sphere and allowing it to cool, then using a blowtorch to create a hot patch on the circumference.
A different colour of super-hot glass is dropped into the heated exterior patch and air is pulled out of the piece – creating a vacuum inside the original sphere, to which only the very hot, recently introduced glass can respond in a controlled implosion.
The result is a slightly distorted sphere with an interior landscape of satellite shapes, including an opaque milk glass diffuser that houses either a low-voltage xenon or LED lamp. 28’s may be suspended using coaxial cable in hexagonal clusters, composed in ambient groupings, or mounted using a specialised copper tube suspension system.
Standard 28 pendants are made with clear glass exterior spheres and milk white diffusers. Custom 28’s can be crafted in near-infinite colour variations. Use Bocci's configurator [http://28.bocci.ca/#… choose your composition then contact Clippings Concierge to place your order.
Due to the handcrafted nature of this piece, the size, colour depth, tonality, and both number and location of interior satellites will vary.
Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. Arbel’s pieces have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Mallett, Monte Clark Gallery and Dimore Gallery. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Omer Arbel is the creative director of Bocci.