For the August, 2012 edition of CreativeMornings/Vancouver, we were honoured to have renowned designer Omer Arbel as our speaker. The event was again hosted by W2 Media Café & GDC/BC, with breakfast provided with the support of the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest), which happens Sept 27–30, 2012 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The founder of OAO and creative director at Bocci, Arbel showed a revealing series of short videos that exposed the process behind a project his team worked hard only to eventually fail. But along the way Arbel discovered aspects of the material's properties that led to new methods he uses in his fabrication process today. Arbel's talk was as poignant as it was to the point, with an impressive degree of honesty and humility for someone with his credentials, awards and international acclaim. Arbel admitted that he often has no idea how to make something and seeks helps from others, crediting much of his success on collaboration with his team. He spoke about topics such ego's role in the design process and the way materials like concrete are typically used, and engaged the audience in a compelling dialogue about inspiration, process, the definition of creativity, architects' being hung up on form, and his pursuit of the best cantaloupe for making ice cream. The morning ended with IDSwest and Inform giving away one of Bocci's gorgeous, Arbel-designed "28" chandeliers.
The Vancouver chapter of CreativeMornings is run by Mark Busse (@MarkBusse) and his dedicated team of volunteers. Thanks to Ryan Mah (@Unisonpress), Mahyar Saeedi (@MahyarSaeedi), Jake Hermiston and Matthew Shettler for video production.
CreativeMornings is a monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types. Each event is free of charge, and includes a 20 minute talk, plus coffee! (creativemornings.com)