Omer Arbel leads Omer Arbel Office (or OAO), a Vancouver-based design practice which aims to collapse traditional boundaries between the professions of building and industrial design, craft and materials research. OAO focuses on experimenting with material properties and fabrication methodology. The practice produces designs for buildings, objects, furniture, lighting and electrical accessories. Arbel is also the creative director of manufacturing and design company Bocci.
Arbel's diverse works include everything from the designs for the 2010 Winter Olympics medals to award-winning interiors for luxurious public and private spaces. His projects include the 23.2 house outside of Vancouver, bespoke lighting installations like the 14, 28 or 21 chandeliers, the 19 Series copper bowl and the innovative electrical wall units of the 22 series. All of Arbel’s projects are numbered in the sequence in which they were designed, naturally creating a numeric catalog of his design history.