28
Bocci Design and Manufacturing Inc. Monday 13 Feb 2012

28 is an exploration of fabrication process, which is part of Arbel's quest for specificity in manufacturing.

Instead of designing form itself, here the intent was to design a system that produces form. Arbel developed a system of making with built-in flexibility, resulting in a unique shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 made is formally different from any other 28 in existence.

Individual 28 pieces 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, 20W) xenon.

The 28d fixture is designed to sit on a horizontal surface (a desk, table, shelf, or even the floor). It consists of a single illuminated 28 piece wired to a flexible grey crochet memory cable. The cable is intended to be coiled into a sculptural pattern to provide a cushioned surface on which the glass sits.