Omer Arbel was born in 1976 in Jerusalem and has lived in the Israeli city until he was 13 years old. He then moved to Canada with his family and studied architecture in Ontario in the 1990s. He later worked for the Catalan architect Enric Miralles in Barcelona, and for John and Patricia Patkau in Vancouver. Together with Randy Bishop, Omer Arbel founded the Bocci design company with headquarters in Vancouver and a subsidiary in Berlin in 2005. Omer Arbel is the creative head behind the light manufacture which developed into one of the most internationally successful manufactures producing handmade lighting objects of glass and china. Omer Arbel is famous for his experimental approach to material, starting point of every creation. According to Omer Arbel a product prone to commercialization is the accidental result of experimentation with material.
Omer Arbel's first design for Bocci was the 14 pendant light which is still one of his most successful products. The light fixture is made of hand cast massive glass, yet seems to be weightless. Its light produces a unique atmosphere especially when it is arranged in clusters and, like every other object designed by Arbel, is endowed with the power to transform a room. The 28 suspension with a hand-made glass diffuser is another stunning pendant light, and contains an additional lighting glass ball.