OAO113.2020.03 BY Omer Arbel
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113 is the result of a strand of new discoveries that are part of OAO’s ongoing research into the reciprocal relationship between glass and metals. Bronze alloy is poured into a hot blown glass vessel. The liquified metal, almost water-like in viscosity, washes across the glass surface of the inside of the vessel, assuming its form. When in contact with glass on the outward face, the bronze retains its brightness due to low exposure to oxygen. This brightness is contrasted by the inward metal face, which due to an abundance of oxygen cools to a raw, matte black finish. Glass and metal cool at different rates, contracting, and the associated tensions separate them from each other, with the glass cracking away to reveal a cast metal echo of the itself. This newly developed process yields forms, metal combinations and surfaces that would be impossible to achieve with any other methodology.
Omer Arbel was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1976, grew up in Vancouver. He was trained in the 1990s as an architect and he apprenticed with architects Enric Miralles in Barcelona and John and Patricia Patkau in Vancouver. His architectural background is evident in his furniture and lighting design - his pieces are characterized not only by their own inherent qualities but also by the way they affect the spaces around them. Arbel's work has received some of the highest honors of contemporary industrial design and has been published extensively. 113 is the result of a strand of new discoveries that are part of OAO’s ongoing research into the reciprocal relationship between glass and metals.