28 is an exploration of fabrication process which is part of Arbel’s quest for specificity in manufacturing. Instead of designing form, here the intent was to design a system that produces form. Arbel developed a method that has loose parameters built into it, which produces a different shape in every iteration of the fabrication procedure. Thus, every 28 made is formally different from any other 28 in existence.
Individual 28 pendants result from a complex glass blowing technique whereby air 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).
28 pendants can either be composed in a random, ambient manner or clustered in hexagonal shapes which nestle into each other to create patterns as dictated by the needs of the interior.
Standard 28’s are made with clear glass exterior spheres and milk white interior glass cavities. Custom 28’s are possible with infinite versatility in colour compositions, sizes and shapes.
Design by Omer Arbel
Video by Gwenael Lewis for New Document
Music Composed by Edo Van Breeman