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28 Series

28 series is an exploration of fabrication process which is part of creative director, Omer Arbel’s, quest for specificity in manufacturing. Instead of designing form itself, the intent for the 28 series was to design a system that produces form. Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it, which produces a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 series pendant made is formally different from any other in existence.

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Individual 28 series pendants result from a complex glass blowing technique whereby air pressure is intermittently introduced into and then removed from a glass matrix (which is intermittently heated and then rapidly cooled). The result is a distorted spherical shape with a composed collection of inner shapes, one of which is made of opaque milk glass and houses a low voltage (12V, 20Watt xenon) lamp.

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28 series pendants are designed to cluster in hexagonal shapes, which nestle into one another to create patterns as dictated by the needs of the interior. They may also be clustered or composed in an ambient manner similar to their distant cousins the 14’s.

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Standard 28 series pendants are made with clear glass exterior spheres and milk white interior glass cavities. Custom 28 series pendants are possible with infinite versatility in colour compositions, sizes and shapes.

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Custom Chandeliers and Treatments

Bocci has embarked on a mission to explore the medium of the chandelier within the contemporary design landscape. Our quest has taken us across a range of scales, from sensitively designed living rooms, to restaurants big and small, to hotel lobbies both minimal and baroque, to rigorously designed, functional airports, and even outdoors to various wonderful gardens.

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We offer consultation, design and fabrication services for custom chandeliers of delirious proportion and unlimited configuration. Imagine cascades of pendants reaching 120′ (36.5 meters) in length, completely flexible ceiling canopy size, shape, and finish, and an open attitude to new ideas. Our custom capacity is boundless.

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Our on location Vancouver glass blowing atelier has tremendous versatility and has explored exhilarating colours and compositions for the 28 shades themselves (both outer and inner spheres can be manipulated). Especially with the 28, infinite colour composition possibilities exist.

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The canopy is created to your specification; shape, size and finish (including “mud in” and other minimal and built in ceiling integration options). We offer a range of finishes, from our standard white powder coated mild steel to custom options of brushed stainless steel, and matching custom RAL shades in matte or glossy finishes.

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Our in-house design team moves through the custom design stages with you; from concept, to design drawings including revisions, through to final shop drawings approved by you for production.

In the shop drawing stage, our designers work with your CAD files and dimensions to create 3D renderings of the utmost detail, including your specific space and detailed installation instructions.

Bocci is deeply committed to further exploration within the medium of the custom installations.

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Name: 28 Series
Type: Pendant light
Materials Combination: Glass, Eco/Recycled/Green
Process: glass blowing
Colour: Mix Color
Year: 2010

The people:

Lighting Designer: Omer Arbel – #600–1706 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Manufacturer: BOCCI – #500 1706 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver British Columbia, V6J 0E4 Canada
Text Description: © Courtesy of BOCCI
Images: © BOCCI


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