Photo Gallery: Omer Arbel’s Designs
Contemporary designs from a Canadian designer.
23.2 is a family house built on a large rural property outside Vancouver. It’s design was inspired by the shape and length of hundred-year-old Douglas Fir beams reclaimed from a series of burned-down warehouses. In the dining room, Arbel’s glass pendants hang above the table, creating a dreamy atmosphere in this contemporary space.
Arbel is creative director for Bocci, a Vancouver-based contemporary design and manufacturing house known for its large chandelier installations. When lit, the glow of these particular lights gives the effect of tiny candles floating in a sphere of water.
The result of Arbel’s explorations in folding and pleating techniques, the 25 Bench is streamlined yet cosy. The randomly folded pleats are allowed to shift as they conform to the human body to create interesting organic patterns over time.
The 28 series shows off a special glass blowing technique developed by Arbel. The result is a slightly distorted glass sphere with an inner shape that houses the light bulb. The collection of pendants nestle into each other, offering a chandelier effect that can be composed and shaped to suit the room it’s in.
These delicate porcelain and glass pendants were inspired by the sporadic arrangement that barnacles make on a rock surface. Each piece is unique because the fabrication allows the material to bend and fold organically.