14.14 by Omer Arbel for Bocci, 2005
Cast glass, powder coated stainless steel, coaxial cables
850 x 284mm- lengths specified by winner
Estimated market value $6,020
Artist’s comments: The 14 series pendant is an articulated, seamed cast glass sphere with a frosted cylindrical void that houses either a low voltage (12V, 10Watt xenon) or proprietary and replaceable LED. Individual pendants are visually quite subtle, but gain tremendous strength when multiplied and clustered in large groups. Light interacts with the bubbles and imperfections of the cast glass to produce a glow reminiscent of small candles floating within spheres of water. Cast glass is an organic process, imperfect by nature, and each 14 series pendant is handmade; thus, every piece produced is unique.
Omer Arbel trained in the late nineties as an architect. He apprenticed under Enric Miralles, John and Patricia Patkau, and Peter Busby, among others, and was centrally involved in several successful high profile building projects and international design competitions.
In 2005, Arbel founded a multidisciplinary design studio focused on blurring the boundaries between the fields of architecture, industrial design, and materials research. It has been said of Arbel’s practice that its industrial design works, in both limited edition and mass produced formats, appear to be motivated by larger scale concepts which can only be considered architectural.
In 2005, Arbel became Bocci’s creative director.