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In 2003, Omer Arbel founded a multi-disciplinary design studio focused on blurring the boundaries between the fields of architecture, industrial design, and materials research. It has been said of Arbel’s practice that its industrial design works appear to be motivated by larger scale concepts which can only be considered architectural. Conversely, critics have noted that the practice’s architectural works appear to be inspired by an obsession with the object and the intrinsic qualities of materials. Pieces by Arbel have won high profile awards, been widely exhibited and published, and form part of important private and institutional collections. In 2005, Arbel became Bocci’s creative director. His conceptual approach, now fueled by an infrastructure for prototyping, fine craft, manufacturing and distribution, has given birth to a collection of conceptually driven lighting, furniture, electrical accessories and objects, which have since gained significant presence and impact within the design community.