Dana Haim | The Spoon Whisperer | August 8.14

  • I’m not really sure when was the first time I laid my eyes on one of Dana Haim’s textile beauties. I think it was Nophar (aka Reason To Be Pretty), who introduced me to her back in the day.
    Fast forward to 2014 and this textile-artist-illustrator power house, decided that it’s time to take a new path as a ceramist. It doesn’t really surprise me that even when she thinks ceramics, Dana’s mind and soul are still working in a textile mode. “I think about patterns for ceramics much like I do when creating patterns for textiles, and while glazing I’m reminded of my days in the dye lab; there is a similar element of surprise.”
    The other day, while visiting my beloved Sight Unseen site, I stumbled upon Dana’s brand new collection of ceramic spoons and I was swooned by it. Of course you can use any one of these spoons but I would feel so bad if any harm came to them. They all look too pretty to touch so if I was you, I would treat them like a piece of art. There are many spoons out there that you can use in your everyday life, but these ones, you need to cherish and just stare at.

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Sharon Sides | A Touch of Nature | August 6.14

  • Back in 2012, I shared with you my obsession with Sharon Sides. Then, a recent graduate out of the Industrial Design Department at the Bezalel Academy and now, a force to be reckoned with.
    About a year ago, I also wrote about her brand new design studio, which began forming it’s own identity, and now I’m super excited to share that after much anticipation, Sharon came out with a bigger range of products. So, say hello to her lighting fixtures and bowls. There are also tables, stools, chairs and wall decor but I’m so in love with the golden light fixtures and bowls that I need to focus on them at the moment.
    The Stumps, which started as Sharon graduate project, is a collection that revolves around the transference of images from nature to design projects using unique techniques that she developed.
    You should take a moment and enjoy a behind the scenes tour, as Sharon takes you through the back door of her magical process. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
  • {Photos by Oded Balilty, Omri Hoter, Oded Antman, Rotem Lahav and Oded Smadar}

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World Break | Smith Jewellery | Bone Stories | August 4.14

  • Let’s start with a disclosure: things are super quiet on DesignBreak. I know. I don’t like it but there is nothing I can do about it at the moment, so I’m just gonna do my best.
    When Anna Raimondo (the one behind Smith Jewellery) wrote me about her latest Bone Couture collection, I knew I had to share this goodness with all of you. Even when Anna’s designs are on the minimal side of the spectrum, I can still see myself rocking her oh-so-brilliant bone rings. I mean, even the word “cool” doesn’t begin to describe the way I feel about them.
    Anyways, Anna’s creative process began over a year ago when she found a fresh Bokmakierie carcass on the side of the road in Namaquland. From there she decided to go on a wider bone adventure, which also took her on a de-boning snake excursion (!!!) If you are interested to learn more about Anna’s process just click away, but if you are more into the jewelry themselves then the scary journey… well, you should check the full collection. I’m super impressed with all the little details that she managed to incorporate so beautifully in each and every piece.
    {This is a South African Break}

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Hila Rawet Karni | Industrial Materials That Makes You Go Hmmm | July 25.14

  • By now, Hila Rawet Karni, the one behind Industrial Jewellery, is probably working hard on her next collection. For some reason (and don’t ask me why), I haven’t shared with you any of her latest collections. Shame on me!
    So now is the perfect time to redeem myself and share with you some of my favorite necklaces.
    What I love most about Hila’s accessories is the fact that time after time, she incorporates a wide variety of industrial materials. She manages to transform springs, ropes, rubber and other unusual materials, to the point where you need to take a second or third glance in order to truly recognize the pieces’ origins.
    On a side note: if I’m being brutally honest, I really need each and every one of these show stoppers. Like for real. I can’t control myself. I think that I should start with the Philipa Necklace and V Necklace. By then, I’ll be able to breath more freely. Because now, the notion that I still don’t have them in my possession is hurting. Really bad.
  • {Photos by Aya Wind}

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UnaUna | Black Toys. Black Shoes | July 23.14

  • When you spot a black leather shoe with an interesting cut and unique shape, the odds are that you bumped into one of UnaUna’s creations. The ladies behind this distinct label, Almog Weiss and Mira Gafni, live in a world of their own. A world in which there aren’t too many distractions from the outside. They are so concentrated deep within themselves and it seems like, they aren’t too worried about the seasonal trends that come and go. And yet, each and every season, the two manage to bring to life the most intriguing and genuine collection. The normally choose to work only with black colors which works great for them. For them, the color black is a world of its own. That’s why when I realized that Almog and Mira named their Summer 2014 collection “Black Toys”, it felt so right. And you can’t really imagine these sophisticated shoes in any other color. You just can’t! They are perfect just the way they are. In black.
  • {Photos byGuy Gilad}

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Keren Taggar | End of Year Doodles | July 18.14

  • The day has finally arrived and all over Israel, Graduates Shows are in full swing.
    I’m not sure if you can tell (but really, I know you can) that it’s my favorite time of the year. Anyways, before diving in and sharing with you my favorite projects, I thought I should start by sharing with you these beautiful sketches that one of my favorite Illustrators, Keren Taggar, doodled while visiting the end of year presentation of the Illustration class at the Shenkar College.
    Before moving to San Francisco, it was me, visiting all kinds of end of year presentations, and boy do I miss having the butterflies in my stomach.
    Oh well…
    BTW, you can re-visit the previous posts I wrote about the lovely Keren here and here.

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World Break | Romy Northover | Perfect Imperfections | July 16.14

  • I have the weirdest habit. Whenever I like a photo on Instagram, I also read the comments that were written about it. As I told you, it’s weird alright. Anyways, if there is one time I was really happy for being so bizarre was this time, because that’s how I ended up on Romy Northover’s insta-feed. And what a feed it is!
    I have such a huge appreciation for artists and especially ceramists who let random “mistakes” or strokes happen. When you look at Romy’s ceramics, you can’t help but want to head over to her studio and just sit still and… stare. Yeah, just stare at her while she is creating all these strokes of raw beauty. AND… to make things even more perfect, Romy doesn’t really care about covering it all up with glaze and the fact that you can feel the raw clay under your fingers with all it’s bumpy texture is just… well, perfect!
    {This is a British Break}

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Interview | Swift Textiles | Mixing Modern and Tradition Creates Magic | July 15.14

  • It’s no secret that Textile has been one of my greatest discoveries since starting my DesignBreak journey almost five years ago…
    Back than I knew nothing about it, but little by little I discovered so many young talented designers, who make this tiny Israeli scene much more exciting let alone beautiful and vibrant.
    Michal Fierstein and Roni Yeheskel who graduated from Shenkar College just last year and were among my favorite decided to take a leap of faith and jump start their very own textile story, their Swift story.
    These two aren’t afraid of hard work or getting their hands dirty. Super dirty. They hand dye, print and sew each and every fabric that goes under their hands and the outcome is oh-so-pretty. The girls have such a talent for turning minimal black and white lines into a truly one of a kind creation. As you probably guess, I’m especially in love with their line of towels. Yep, black and white all the way.
    But enough about me, let’s hear what Michal and Roni have to say about their brand new journey. Girls, take it away!
  • I’d love to hear about your journey, how it all began.
    Roni: Michal (29) and I (28) studied together Textile Design at Shenkar College, just graduated last summer. We connected on our second year when each student is given a different textile specialization, and we both ended up in weaving class. Weaving is a traditional technique, requires planning and accuracy, and has it’s demanding frame limits. The challenge is to exceed those limitations and to create a new form from an ancient technique, through design. During the third year we got to work on a small project together, and already then I knew that someday we will collaborate again. I was happy to find out it was sooner than later.
    Michal: I was too! Each of us has a different thinking process, but our aesthetics are close enough so that they can connect clearly together. Handcrafting is an important and main principle in Swift, it’s important to us to be in control on one hand, and letting nature do its thing on the other. Also a handmade process creates one-of-a-kind pieces, so each of them is uniquely different.
  • Where do you live, what do you like about it and how does it affect your creations?
    We both moved to south Tel Aviv just recently. This area stimulated the will to create in us, now that we live right next to all the suppliers and tradesmen. This city’s tempo is what motivates us the most, making us keep up and create as fast as things happen here. Even though we both came from cities in central Israel, Tel Aviv is the closest we have here to what goes on in other places in the world, and it really is close.
    What are the advantages/disadvantages of being an Israeli based designer?
    First of all, our roots are here. When you are grounded somewhere, it will bring good things out of you, makes you feel secure and comfortable. Israel is also a fusion of cultures, which allows naturally to combine different aesthetics, to merge east and west and to put tradition into modern design.
    Of course there are also disadvantages. Unfortunately, the Israeli textile industry is disappearing, and so do the suppliers. In addition, Israel is a small country full of extremely talented people, which flood a limited consumer market with a large group of designers. This also creates a healthy competition and an obligation to stay focused.
  • I’d love to here about the collaboration between the two of you. How does it work and who does what?
    Each of us took on a role in quite a naturally way. Michal already got to know a lot of people in the field, which made her our PR person. She also had some experience in producing and selling her own designs. Roni is a more practical (and organized :) person, and now is in charge of the administration parts, and also on the internet issues.
    In terms of design, we are much more equals. Each of us has her own characteristics but eventually we speak the same aesthetic language, willing to give and take criticism and to learn from each other. Creating in a pair is a big advantage. It means we share the loads, encourages each other and it makes us much more obligating to our work.
    What led you towards opening your own studio right after finishing design school? Did you consider working for others first?
    Roni: The truth is that opening an independent business right after school was the last thing I thought will happen, but you can never really anticipate how things will turn out in the design field. When Michal offered me to join her it just felt right. Besides, creating freely is something I wish for every designer out there.
    Michal: Independency is always important for me when it comes to creativity. While studying I already opened a small brand and when school was over it happened naturally. Of course there is always the question- Is this right as a first step? But experience is the best teacher.
  • What makes you different from other Israeli designers?
    Our brand is one of a few here that creates home and fashion textiles, we believe the line between them is getting blurry. Textile is our set of tools to answer and solve aesthetic and practical needs. Textile thinking, is in the microscopic details like the compound of a thread, which eventually affects the quality and sustainability of the final product. This is the way we think and create each item, from the smallest detail to the final result.
    Which materials do you work with?
    Of course it depends on the product. If it refers to the body, we will make sure the textile will be natural and pleasant. If the product refers to home, then the resistance of the textile is important. There are more important parameters we take into consideration, such as weather and laundry resistance. Synthetic textile is also an option, when it fits. As textile designers we know that the technological progress can result in amazing synthetic products, and we are not afraid of it.
  • Can you describe your work process?
    It starts with an inspirational concept, leading to patterns and motives we abstract and also to the technique we will use. Then comes the part when we look for a product within the textile and soft world. Texture and feel are main principles when we search for materials to create from. It is also important for us that the products will be complementary to each other, connected in material and technique wise.
  • What does a normal day in your life look like?
    As of this moment we are both combining “Swift” with day jobs. In a matter of fact the pressure and intensity are making us work more effectively, even during abnormal working hours. A Swift-day usually begins with a foot trip to Nahalat-Binyamin Street (the textile suppliers street in central Tel Aviv). On the go, we never skip the coffee and the grumble about the dishes our partner left in the sink. We continue to buy some textile dye materials or different work tools for that day’s project and then we head up to one of the apartments to get started. The choice of which house to work in, depends mostly on Tony (Michal’s dog) and what kind of Zen we need to be in. We boil some water, fill the pots with dye materials, and off we go!
    Is there anything in particular that fuels your creativity as a designer?
    We thought about it for a moment and agreed that what fuels our creativity is the aesthetics we are drawn to. For us, if we find in nature incredibly geometric and symmetric creations, that will arouse curiosity on and motivate us to create. Technique is also a stimulus for our creativity, especially if it’s one we don’t have experience in or a bit out of our comfort zone.
  • Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
    What about some web sites and blogs that you visit when you’re in a need for a boost of creative inspiration?
    We are inspired by a few such as: Trend Tablet (for some trend forecasts by the guru Lidewij Edelkoort), Patternity (for some pattern thinking), Marimekko (just because…), Emmas Designblogg (for neat Scandinavian inspiration) and Pattern Observer (to keep up on what’s trending in the textile world).
    Are there any up and coming designers that you like at the moment?
    Of course! There are AndreyAndShay, two industrial designers, which also just graduated from the Shenkar College. Their brand is about small leather products, very aesthetic. We love it!
    Also there are a few non-local designers we got to know and appreciate through our Etsy activity, such as Marlene Huissoud. A French-London based textile designer, who designs amazing printed silk scarves.
  • What was one of your biggest lessons learned since starting out?
    Never use a Stanley knife off the cutting mat… Though the day we spent together at the E.R. was quite funny!
    What do you find most rewarding about your career?
    The fact that we have creative freedom, and also that the feedback is immediate, even if it’s negative you learn so much from it!
  • What’s next? What is your dream?
    The dream is to open a studio and never stop handcrafting. Collaboration is something we believe in, with hands that work with different materials the same way we work with textile. Our wish is to collaborate with both local and foreign designers. Another dream is traveling to places around the world that manufacture and creates textile, learn new techniques, get to know new materials and go beyond textile. We both enjoy challenges and look forward to the next adventure…

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