Designer: Omer Arbel

Omer Arble is a Canadian designer working in Vancouver, BC. He started up Omer Arble Office (OAO)in 2005, and has been generating beautiful designs ever since. His list of awards is telling. For me his true strength is in lighting, he has several gorgeous pieces that are covered in pretty well all of the prominent design magazines, and you can often see them lighting up the houses and buildings covered in Dwell, Azure, or MARK.

© Michael Boland

My favorite two pieces are the 14 and 28. 

The 14 is a simple solid cast glass sphere, with a small void in the centre for the light placement. What really makes the 14 work is the tiny bubbles and imperfections that naturally occur in the cast glass that the light reflects off of making an incredible sparkle and glow. Each piece is hand made, and thus unique. They look great as singular pendants, but even better in clusters.



© Michael Boland

© Michael Boland

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The 28 is blown glass, and because of the process each piece is unique. The process of blowing involves introducing air pressure off and on, then removed while the glass is heated and rapidly cooled over and over, resulting in distorted spheres with unique inner shapes, one of which is made of opaque milk glass, where the light source is then place. 


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© Janice Nicolay

© Spencer Hung

© Spencer Hung


Some other pieces that I enjoy...

17.1 - Table (in Carerra marble or walnut)
Love the monolithic nature, and the voids being the one strong detail carved right into the mass (custom porcelain bowls come with the table to be set in them). Looks fantastic, but not sure what would end up living in those voids at my house... Crayons and cheerios?

© Robert Keziere

© Robert Keziere

© Robert Keziere

© Robert Keziere

 21 - Chandelier (porcelain and barosilicate glass)
Love the organic hand made feel. Looks almost like an abstract grouping of barnacles. 

© Michael Boland

© Michael Boland

19 - Bowl (Sand cast copper and iron alloy)
I'm a sucker for sand casting when it's not all milled down. The juxtaposition of the smooth glossy surface against the discolored rugged nature of the metal where it cooled over the sand is gorgeous. Again, I love the custom feel as each piece is going to be unique.


© Robert Keziere

© Robert Keziere

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