Talia Mukmel | Creating A Brand New Past | June 14.17

  • Everywhere I turn, I see a S’well water bottle. Seriously! It’s such a craze… BUT, I’m here to tell you about a different kind of a water bottle. It’s the kind of bottle that holds within: past, present, earthiness, art and modern, at the same time. I’m talking about Talia Mukmel’s Revolve bottles. A collaboration between her and Aybar Gallery, Miami.
    Talia’s starting point was researching the historical methods of storing water. “Much research has been carried out regarding the historical methods of storing water. By examining the material components and design differences of every earthenware remnant, researchers learned more about ancient civilizations regarding their cultural, economic, production and technological values.”
    Why water bottles, you ask? It came to life thanks to Talia’s desire to create an object expressing the spirit of a given historical period combined with a contemporary vision. During the process, she experimented with different techniques in order to find the perfect way to preserve the attributes found in ancient hand work, while utilizing techniques of production based on today’s modern materials. And without a doubt, she found just that.
    “The main challenge of this project was to find the particular material which symbolized modernism and at the same time suggested the appearance and sense of being naturally crafted.”
    Talia went with plastic. It allowed her to replicate an object, while preserving the elements of sentimental value in a handcrafted work and the knowledge and attributes of previous generations.
    There is a blurred line between an artistic object and a utilized one, and if you ask me, it looks more futuristic and almost “Star Trek” like than anything…

{Photos by Daniel Shechter and Aybar Gallery}

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Loop Design | A Clutter-less Home, The Elisheva Way | June 5.17

  • Elisheva Manekin, the face behind Loop Design, knows a thing or two about meaningful objects.
    “While growing up, Elisheva’s family moved a lot – never spending more than two years in one house. Splitting their days between continents and cities, she did not know the feeling of growing up surrounded by the same walls. That being said, she always felt a strong sense of home in every apartment or home they moved to. That had a lot to do with her Mother’s understanding of “home” – a place filled with people you love and familiar things. Her mother was known to schlep everything they owned from house to house to create a consistent feeling in all of the places they moved to, no matter how short the time they would spend there was going to be. That’s when her love of objects for the home began.”
    If there is one thing I appreciate the most, it’s Elisheva’s ability to take the most ordinary piece of wood, with only a struck of color or even just oiled brush, and reinventing it, time after time.
    Her approach towards a clutter-less home, defines composed pieces, with the most minimalistic lines, which you just have to have in your everyday. Whether it’s the most futuristic brass bowl of them all, the origami like storage basket, the slickest office decor or my personal favorites, the most subtle wall hooks and their dipped edge.

{Photos by Aya Wind}

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Mia Melange | Even A Basket Can Be Multicultural | May 24.17

  • Once I decided that I should only only own black and white accessories and when it comes to my home, life became much simpler. But then, to my surprise, all of my fave Israeli designers began designing black and white items, and life got a lot more complicated!
    While in Israel, I added a few items to my ever growing monochromatic collection (but more on that later this week) and I only wish I spotted any of Mia Danieli’s aka Mia Melange baskets, while there. These baskets have my name written all over them!
    “The baskets are made from 100% cotton rope and sewn together in a coiling technique. These unique hand crafted vessels provide a modern twist on the ancient African tradition of basket weaving.”
    It definitely shows that Mia, an Israeli, who now resides in South Africa, knows a thing or two about being multicultural. These baskets are a melting pot of Israeli roots, South African tradition and a Swiss bloodline. Yep, the minimalistic touch had to come from somewhere.
    Fun fact: “Mélange” means mixture (or blend) in French. It’s also a type of yarn that is commonly used in the textile and fashion industries.
    If you are more into the colorful side of things, don’t you worry. Mia has you covered! There are lots of green options for all you green thumb people. You can also find sand-ish colored ones. Oh and BTW, each item is carefully designed and no two are exactly alike. That alone makes me want one even more!

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Adi Nissani | Plateful Soul | May 16.17

  • Hello, my sweet breakers!
    It’s been six months since my last post. By now, I’m not even sure if any of you are even out there… BUT, after thinking about the things I love most in my life, DesignBreak and the Israeli design scene, are way up on that list and so, I decided to get back into blogging. Or at least, do a better job at my blogging in the the last three years or so (but who’s counting? me, I guess).
    I have a feeling the my recent trip to Israel (you can see a glimpse over here ), after being away for two years, had something to do with my decision. It’s just that I can’t not share with you all me fave designers and their rad creations. I just can’t do that!
    Anyways, let’s go back to what’s really important in life. I’m talking about: dreamy ceramics, fancy textiles, a beautiful piece of furniture and accessories. Lots of them. But first, ceramics and handmade plates in particular, because… Adi Nissani!
    I’ve been following Adi Nissani’s messy (in the best way possible!) journey for the longest time. I mean, how can you forget her brilliant instagram dishes?!
    On one of my daily IG scrolls, I bumped into a picture perfect photograph of this beautiful plate and I had to find out more about it. Of course Adi’s artistic fingertips had everything to do with it. She collaborated with Osem (one of Israel’s largest food empires) to showcase some of her brand new plates.
    “In my work I am inspired by nature and aesthetics. I merge classic and organic designs into my dishes while putting an emphasis on fine cuisine.”
    In the last couple of years Adi has been working mainly with chefs and she has been developing collections of handmade dishes that are custom made especially for their restaurants needs. So you see, Adi is no stranger to foodie concepts. This time she teamed up with Ronen Mangan (the photographer) and Rotem Nir (the stylist), in order to create an enchanting story that involves eye candy plates and oh-so-delicious Israeli made treats. Something tells me that I probably miss Israeli treats more than I’m willing to admit, but let’s just leave it at that and stare at Adi’s beauties.

{Photos by Ronen Mangan}

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The Morning After | Folded Journey | November 17.16

  • When you finish super intense four years as a jewelry design student, you are not too sure what the morning after will be like.
    Everyone asks, what’s next? Where will you go from here? For many, the answer isn’t clear at first, but for Shiran Sahshua, there was only one answer. That’s when The Morning After came to life!
    From the get go, Shiran realized that combining metal with unconventional materials, is what challenges and intrigues her the most.
    In her first collection, Split Ends, Shiran was inspired by maps, latitude and longitude, compasses, arrows and signs. At that point she also realized that paper is the only acceptable material.
    I must admit that these white folded papers made my heart skip a beat. As you all know by now, paper is my weakness in all shape or form. From stationary to jewelry to wrapping paper. I have them all forms and in stocks. The only question is, which of these Split Ends will end up in my possession.

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Gily Ilan | Wearable Art | October 17.16

  • When a ceramist decides, that she needs to follow her own heart, and combine her love for textile with her ceramic roots, you can bet only good things will come out of that juxtapose. Gily Ilan, is the girl, who isn’t afraid to dance in between these two worlds. “My love and curiosity for all sorts of materials has helped me shape my design esthetics, thus creating a line of artisan style necklaces and scarves, that are both sophisticated and practical.”
    Choosing the right fabrics and knitting on one hand and creating beautiful magnetic porcelain (!!!) clasps on the other, the end result is a pure stunner.
    While going through Gily’s latest creations, all I could think was: “I wish I could find a way to have all these stunning scarves for myself!” Yeah, it’s a problem. A problem I have to find a way to resolve. I mean, look at that fancy scarf. And by calling it a scarf, I’m doing it such an injustice. It’s more like, a wearable piece of art (!!!)
    Don’t get me wrong, I love all these necklaces BUT… these chunky beauties are show stoppers and I can never say no to a good show stopper.
  • {Photos by Rotem Rachel Chen}

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Orit Ben Arie | A Fragile Reality | September 27.16

  • If only I had a superpower… I would have found my way to see “One by One”, Orit Ben Arie’s ceramic installation at The Biennale of Israeli Ceramics in The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv.
    I was fortunate enough to have seen the prototypes of these crazy beautiful fragile tools, almost two years ago, when Orit was still living in Berkeley (and yeah, I miss her dearly!) and I even convinced her, to save me one of them, the minute the biennale is over.
    Orit sculptural objects are raising questions regarding the connection between a handmade object and an industrialized commercial object. She uses traditional sculpting techniques and ceramic material with all its symbolic significance, by which she refers to preserving her authentic fingerprint as an artist and questioning its necessity in the industrialized world.
    “The stoneware, is a focal point, that allows me to switch between the practical or useful and the unpractical. I love the gap and tension between these two extremes and that’s what inspire me most.”
    Symbolic. Metaphoric. Actual. Real. Functional. Intimate. You can find them all, among these white creations, that invite you into the sacred and isolated world of a ceramist behind her closed studio doors.
    Oh wait, if you, just like me, wish to own your very own white tool, you should write Orit, she might consider adding a bunch of them, to her ever evolving etsy shop!

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Yael Keila Sagi | Memphis-ed Away | September 7.16

  • I’ve been following Yael Keila Sagi’s artistic footsteps for a long time. I think it was back in 2011, when I first bumped into this bigger than life designer, who wasn’t afraid of bold and over the top accessories. In her world, no material or object is off limits. I mean, have you heard of someone who likes playing around and designing with bells as their main material?! Anyways, that was back then. Yael, a trained fashion designer, decided that accessories make her much happier than cloths, and that move made me extra happy!
    Lately she sent my way her latest collection, “Memphis”, which was inspired by the 80′s design group, “Memphis”. For Yael, as for the Memphis guys, everything goes. From unconventional shapes to bold textures and patterns, crazy color choices and wacky materials. Oh with only one exception, Yael sticked to a monochromatic palette, which I love!. Remember, this girl is not a trained jewelry designer, and so the road was bumpy at time BUT the outcome is beyond surprising and good. Soooooooo good. Hand painted oak wood, mixed with marble and crackle paint, geometric, and sculptural. Need I say more?!
    Oh one last thing, if #BTS, is your thing, head over to Yael’s instagram feed. She is definitely not afraid to show the messy and raw parts of daily life.
    You can get in touch with Yael at: yaelutza {at} gmail {dot} com
  • {Photos by Merav Ben Loulou}

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