Like most of the design industry, we’ve been fans of Omer Arbel’s process-driven work for a very long time. We featured his 2.4 chair—designed two years before his 14.0 Bocci lights became the new modernist standard for pendant lighting, materializing anywhere a space needed a hit of glassy drama—back in 2003. 

2.4 chair
Credit: Shannon Loewen

The 2.4 chair speaks to Arbel’s architectural background (he was an intern architect at Busby and Associates at the time, and helped design the new Inform Interiors store): tension forces are transferred through the stainless-steel skeleton; compression forces are transferred through the cast-resin shape. It was a limited edition run of six chairs, each cast sequentially in layers on their side. 

Omer Arbel
Credit: Farhim Kassam

It was the chair that got him into Elle Decor and Dwell—and WL, of course. The following month, he shared in a letter to the editor: “I’ve wanted to be in Western Living since I was a kid!”

bocci lights

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