Advanced technology combined with forms that are too simple and at times too over-elaborate is the meeting point between what the artist was and what he could have been. It is from this that, in 1989, he established Catellani & Smith, today a leading company in the lighting sector.
An unusual company because, as he explains, it is a craft industry that was created out of a challenge, today in tune with the most advanced technology. The company’s headquarters can be found in a small town situated 5 kilometers from Bergamo in Lombardy. The offices are housed in an old restored mill with a view over the hills, and production takes place in two distinct areas: one along the river and the second in a new warehouse in the industrial area, which consists of large luminous spaces and terraces covered with jasmine plants. The roof features a gravel surface, large Indian vases, a bust of Buddha and a 360° view
Bocci is a design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver and Berlin. Founded in 2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, Bocci is committed to fostering a lateral and open-ended relationship between creative direction and craft.
Omer Arbel cultivates a fluid position, between the fields of architecture, sculpture, invention, and design. Focal themes of his work include the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials and the exploration of light as a medium.