In this movie by Gwenael Lewis, Canadian lighting company Bocci's creative director Omer Arbel describes how bubbles formed while creating a glass chandelier look like an "internal universe" when illuminated.
The film show glass blowers using tools to form spheres of molten glass that they mould together and reheat into a cohesive, cloud-like piece. "We began with the idea that we can manipulate the malleability of glass based on its temperature," says Arbel.
Blowing air into the glowing glass creates bubbles and pockets depending on the temperature of different areas. "The air is pushed into the assembly and makes its way out through the path of least resistance, which is where the glass is hottest," Arbel explains.
The light appears to be a smooth, shiny bobbled surface while off, but the air pockets become visible when it is turned on. "When lit, an internal universe comes alive," Arbel says.
The 57 Series will be unveiled as the centrepiece for Bocci's stand at Euroluce trade fair in Milan during Salone Internazionale del Mobile.