Key facts

Product:
Series 57.14
Family:
Series 57
Manufacturer:
Bocci
Designer:
Omer Arbel
Architonic ID:
1217890
Country:
Canada
Launched:
2013
Groups:
Suspended lights-General lighting
Suspended lights-Lighting objects
Suspended lights-Pendant lights in glass

Product description

chandelier

Product family

Concept

57 is an exploration of a technique of making analogous to that used for producing closed cell foam. The process involves trapping voids of air of different sizes and configurations within a glass matrix, yielding a shape loosely referencing a rain cloud. These pockets of air remain invisible when the piece is off, but come alive to reveal an interior universe when the piece is illuminated. By virtue of the fabrication process, each piece made is completely unique from any other piece even produced.  

A flexible suspension system allows for easy composition: pendants may be clustered such that they touch each other, referencing a cloudy sky (an especially poignant reference in the City of Vancouver, where the idea was born); they may also be composed as a field, such that each piece can be perceived individually, perhaps referencing a child's drawing of a cloud (equally poignant but in a more universal manner).  

Most chandeliers are fundamentally vertical in composition, which is why they work best in rooms with high ceilings; in contrast, 57 is conceived as a layer or strata of light, or in other words: a horizontal chandelier.