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Omer Arbel

Dezeen Awards 2021 judge Omer Arbel

Omer Arbel is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, and co-founder of Canadian design and manufacturing company Bocci.

Based in Vancouver, Arbel invents processes that generate novel forms, privileging analog processes and traditional skills such as glassblowing, concrete forming, and metalwork as ongoing sources of inspiration and innovation.

Noteworthy projects include the award-winning architecture project 75.9 - a house constructed on a hay farm in the Canadian Pacific Northwest. The project makes use of a technique of pouring concrete into fabric formwork deployed within plywood rib structures, yielding walls, and columnar roof forms. Other noteworthy projects include 44 - a large site-specific lighting installation for London's Barbican Centre - and 28.280 - a chandelier installation for the main hall at the V&A in London.

Arbel currently serves on the board of the newly established Design Academy Saaleck. His works can be found in permanent collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Chicago Athenaeum amongst others.

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