Bocci is a design research studio, lab and factory based in Vancouver, Canada.
Founded in 2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, Bocci is committed to fostering a lateral and open-ended relationship between creative direction, material exploration and craft.
The company launched with one lighting design, ’14’, which became an instant classic and remains a design staple and bestseller. Bocci’s growing portfolio of sculptural lighting is developed, engineered and fabricated in-house through an infrastructure calibrated to provide full control over technique, quality and scale.
Experimentation, collaboration, and hands-on making fuel every object Bocci produces. Manufacturer's team — glassblowers, metalworkers, chemists, sculptors, designers, architects, and engineers — exchange skills and knowledge to extend the possibilities of form.
Glass, copper, steel, concrete, wood, fire, air. These are what Bocci does work and play with. The material discoveries the team makes through collaboration become Bocci’s final products. Bocci’s light forms emerge from what the creative director calls “constrained chance” — we might set the frameworks, but the materials act out their own will.
Bocci team is a fluid and elastic group of thinkers and explorers. They practice a culture of care at Bocci that is broad-minded and deep-rooted. Such craft requires them to be alert and responsive, and they believe that nurturing the imagination comes from feeding the soul.
Flexibility and adaptation define Bocci’s designs as much as schematics and chemical formulas do. It can take one day or one decade for a particular design experiment to make sense. The products they choose to manufacture are punctuation marks in our ongoing study of matter and process.
Bocci products are handmade. In each and every object, unintended consequences meet skill and technique. The result: something entirely unrepeatable and endlessly compelling. Even after the glass has cooled, Bocci's lighting designs remain fluid and flexible: scalable from one to dozens of globes, pairable with multiple fixture types.
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