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.
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.
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!”