Saturday, March 3, 2012

BEAUTY: Interior--Omer Arbel

Vancouver-based architect and designer Omer Arbel designed a stunning home for a family on Long Island Sound. The home itself is fascinating... a study in geometry and angles without feeling sharp or closed. But what really caught my eye was the original light fixtures Arbel designed.

Called the 14 series, Arbel describes it as a sort of ambient chandelier. Instead of being a single grand fixture or pendants clustered together, the 14 is a series of blown glass spheres that spread out over an interior. Arbel says the 14 gets "its power through a strategy of composition and clustering. The 14 fills the volume of a room, making the height and shape of its dimensions understood to the inhabitants in a direct physical manner... Individual pendants are visually quite subtle, but gain tremendous strength when multiplied and clustered in large groups. Light interacts with the bubbles and imperfections of the cast glass to produce a glow reminiscent of small candles floating within spheres of water. "

The result is rather magical...

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