Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada, with a satellite company based in Berlin, Germany. Unlike typical corporate structures, Bocci operates unconventionally as a co-operative community of designers, architects, craftspeople, technicians, agents, governance bodies, testing facilities, raw materials suppliers and fine shops. Their aim is to build a healthy, flexible and stable network united under the goal of creating practical but striking consumer goods of the highest quality.
The trend in contemporary manufacturing is to outsource production. In contrast, Bocci is committed to manufacturing at their Vancouver factory. They have a fully equipped glass blowing studio in the same building as their offices, warehouse and design studio, and off site locations for glass casting, ceramics and metal sand casting. Bocci designers, technicians and salespeople walk through the factory floor to get to their desks, and thus have an intimate and profound connection to work. All these activities take place around a central courtyard with a very large tree, carved into the 5th floor of a renovated art deco former printing press building located close to Vancouver’s downtown, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Even though their pieces focus on the more emotional, irrational and romantic shades of the contemporary design spectrum, they are deeply committed to rigorous and intelligent execution. Bocci are not afraid of technical complexity, and are constantly searching for technical innovation. When they came to the conclusion that commercially available lamps did not meet their rigorous quality standards, they developed and are now manufacturing their own proprietary Xenon and LED lamps, which have longer lamp lives and lower failure rates than any available alternative. Their thirst for innovation translates into everything they do, ranging from the process of making the sculptural chandelier shades, to the design of the components that hold them together, to the lamps that are used to light them, and to the packaging that contains them.