73 by Bocci 26.01.15

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The Canadian brand has launched a lamp that is made of glass but resembles fabric

Vancouver-based glassmaker Bocci's latest lamp – unveiled at Maison & Objet in Paris on Friday – was born out of experiments with fabric and glass. The brand's creative director Omer Arbel told us more about 73.

"We are always attracted to designing new ways of making things, rather than the new things themselves. In this case, we explored the technique of blowing hot glass into a high-temperature resistant ceramic fabric, such that the glass assumes both the texture and form of the textile.

"The force of the glass blowing into the fabric makes it fold and flop in an unpredictable manner, such that every piece is unique. The result is an object that is intuitively read as made of fabric, but has the weight, optical quality and transparency of glass. We developed a special flat, doughnut shaped LED lamp to fill the lamp with a diffused light, accentuating its volume.

"The design is a result of analog experimentation with the materials. It took a long time to get it right and even longer to determine the best way to light and suspend the object. This technique of making was born out of our process-based approach to materials and form. We loved how open-ended the process was.

"In future, we'd like to make larger versions of the same design. This might seem simple, but is quite a feat from both a technical and craftsmanship perspective. And, we'd like to explore a suspension method that has the pieces flat up against a ceiling, instead of in their current, pendant manifestation. When clustered up against a ceiling – especially if it isn't too high – I imagine that the pieces will appear to have an upwards motion to them, as if they were very light and rising, only to be caught by the ceiling."

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The force of the glass blowing into the fabric makes it fold and flop in an unpredictable manner, such that every piece is unique

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