Shining satellites

At Euroluce in Milan 2019, Bocci presented "74", a system with which the Canadian manufacturer label entered the field of technical lighting for the first time.
by Markus Hieke | 4/12/2019

Bocci is actually known for its large-scale, artistic crafted lighting sculptures. Every one of the hand-blown glass spheres by the Canadian luminaire maker belonging to designer Omer Arbel is an atmospheric one-off, looking at times like objects made of ice or bubbles of boiling water, at others like delicate flower buds.

In the form of “74” Bocci is now presenting a new luminaire concept: The LED spheres of the spotlight system are attached magnetically to coaxial cables installed as desired across the room. One lighting element must touch two cables in order to work. The body of each sphere is made of turned steel, the lens of high-precision mirrored cast glass. The latter, whose composition and surface play a considerable role in the effect of the light, is metallized in a vacuum chamber. The mirror coating, applied gradually, visually links the glass section with the metal body.

Low-voltage electricity flows through the cables, supplying the luminaire bodies with electrical energy. And the cables are no less part of the design than the actual spotlights – for they represent the dynamic components, making the points of light seem almost like little satellites circling in orbit.

With the new principle of “74”, Bocci seeks to offer an alternative to conventional track lighting. “I was never a fan of track lighting systems, because I always found the installation structure too massive and inflexible,” says Omer Arbel. At the same time however, the new lighting line bears the usual signature of customizability. “The wires can be affixed to walls, ceilings or floors, enabling far more versatility,” the designer notes. No two ensembles of the light spheres will be exactly identical.