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  1. In April of 2011, Bocci switched out the green 28 series chandelier (vimeo.com/23515183) installed at Gene Cafe in Vancouver, BC and replaced it with a colourful, spring inspired piece. The green chandelier was then sent to Milan at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (vimeo.com/22679741) for the Milan Furniture and Lighting Fair.

    Video by: Gwenael Lewis for New Document
    Music by: Edo Van Breemen

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  2. 38 is a surrealistically motivated re-exploration of a technique of making originally developed for a previous project called 28 (vimeo.com/23515183) whereby air is pushed in and out of glass that is intermittently heated and cooled. In the case of this project, the technique is stretched to the limits of possibility. Large glass spheres are blown, and then a multitude of white cavities are introduced into them haphazardly, intentionally intersecting and colliding with each other. Several of these are deep enough to contain earth with succulent and cacti plantings. Others are used as housings for lighting elements.

    There are two or three lighting elements per large sphere and one or two planters. Electricity and suspension are acheived using stiff copper tubing, which is allowed to tangle and crinkle, seemingly without regard for gravity. Once in a while these copper tubes loop around satellite white planters, appearing to have escaped from the confines of the large lit clear glass spheres.

    Video by: Gwenael Lewis for New Document
    Music by: Edo Van Breemen

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  3. 21 is an exploration of an analog system of making, whereby thin sheets of porcelain are draped over a sandblasted borosilicate glass inverted trumpet diffuser. The thin porcelain skin is allowed to dress over the borosilicate core to create whatever form is most natural to it. This makes a unique shape, of varying size, in every iteration of the fabrication process.

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  4. This is a time lapse video of our installation at The Victoria & Albert Museum atrium as part of the London Design Festival. We presented a massive, custom 28.280 chandelier in the main atrium of the museum. The installation, featuring the celebrated 28, descended through the large existing void cutting through the entire length of the V&A Building, with an astonishing height of more than 30 metres. The intent of the installation was twofold; On the one hand, it was a pure celebration of the monumental open height of the building, which uses light to crystallize a powerful phenomenological experience for the viewer. On the other hand it was the most ambitious exploration to date of a novel glass blowing technique. 280 of the 28 pendants hung within a 30 metre vertical drop, suspended by a novel, perhaps awkward and heavy copper suspension system, that had as much presence or more than the glass it supports. The installation continued our research into the process of making, and stands testament to Arbel's remarkable journey as an articulator of form.

    Showcased at the V&A main hall from 09.14.203-09.22.2013. The installation can be viewed as part of the public museum visits during the duration of the London Design Festival and will remain until the end of 2013.

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  5. A teasing glimpse into the making of the 38 series chandelier (vimeo.com/61033511) by Omer Arbel for Bocci.

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