In 2005, Bocci was founded in a red barn surrounded by hay fields, on the periphery of Vancouver, Canada. After 10 years of operating from its Vancouver headquarters, with a satellite warehouse in Berlin, Bocci begins its second decade with a significant expansion of its Berlin operations. The company will inhabit a 2,200 m2 historic Charlottensburg courthouse - a beautifully detailed space with a massive, six-story atrium and stair carved through its centre. Bocci plans to develop this space not only as its European home for craft-based glass manufacturing, but also as a studio and living laboratory for its more ambitious, large-scale light installations.
Bocci is a decade-old design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver, Canada and Berlin, Germany. Founded in 2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, Bocci has a respected and growing portfolio of contemporary design, ranging from light installations through to furniture and electrical sockets. The designs are developed, engineered, and fabricated in-house, in both Berlin and Vancouver, through an infrastructure calibrated to provide unparalleled control over technique, quality and scale.
Based in Vancouver and Berlin, Omer Arbel is focused on the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for design. His interdisciplinary practice spans multiple scales and cultural-economic contexts to include architecture, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, invention, and high craft manufacturing. Arbel’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Salone Intemazionale del Mobile, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, and Mallett Antiques, among others. He is the recipient of several Red Dot and iF awards, a Yellow Pencil yearbook entry, the Ronald J. Thom Early Design Achievement Award, and Three World Architecture Festival shortlists.