DesignBreak for DaWanda | January 13.14

  • You guys, it’s been awhile since I wrote the guest post for the European giant DaWanda and now I’m super excited to share with you that my post is live on their blog.
    And in case you are wondering what the post is about, well… Of course it’s all about Israeli designers and my favorite winter accessories. To be honest, it’s also about my fav summer accessories, after all I’m a summer girl, who happens to like sweaters and hats (but not more than the ocean).
    Before I leave you to read my post, I have to say a big thank you to Alex from the DaWanda team for reaching out and having me at their oh-so-crafty and inspiring kingdom.
    And now… follow the link and read away (only if you like, of course).

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My San Francisco Break | Artists. Bloggers. Foodies and Bloomings |

  • The last couple of weeks have been super hectic around here…
    I’ve been all over the city and I also ended up falling in love with a coffee shop but not only for it’s coffee rather than it’s blooming surroundings. Thanks to my friend Sandra, I visited Stable Cafe for the first time and couldn’t stop taking pictures of their garden of succulents. But wait, that was on Wednesday so let’s rewind.
  • Everybody talked so much about David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young Museum that I had to check it out for myself and… everybody was right! It’s been so long since I was swept off my feet by an art exhibition. I especially loved his landscape videos but unfortunately couldn’t sneak a picture of them ;)
  • My artistic adventures also took me all the way to Berkley and to the Fourth & Clay Gallery to be exact. My friend Orit is the reason I keep going back to Berkley and she took me to see her ceramic creations at the Holiday White Show. Soon I’ll be writing a post about Orit’s beautiful creations but in the meanwhile I had to share with you my favorite from that show. Crystal Morey (and her human yet fairy like sculptures), Malia Landis (and her ceramic shells), Sara Paloma (and her aristocratic vases) and Christa Assad (and her Middle Eastern precipitations). Do yourself a favor and look them up! I especially loved talking with Christa about her journey. She is one exceptional and inspiring lady with mind blowing awareness.
  • Next it was time for the Renegade Craft Fair with B aka Bianca. I’ve been dreaming about the Pigeon Toe ceramics for years and during the fair I got to meet these colorful beauties in person and I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face! Of course I also had to buy some as a souvenir.
  • One of the highlights of my Christmas vacation was when I met up with Polkaros. Do you know her? If your answer is no then you should! Ros has been one of my all times Asian ceramist/textile crush (her ceramic vases are beyond perfection) and by some magical force we became insta-friends. When she told me that she will be visiting San Francisco, I couldn’t be any happier. We met with her other half for a sunny adventure around my favorite neighborhood (aka The Mission) and it was SO MUCH FUN. I can only hope that our next date will be in Tokyo. Fingers crossed!
  • Are you still here with me? I know, it’s been a crazy month.
    A crazy month also calls for a relaxing day at the spa. Don’t you agree? So we hit the road and drove to the Indians Springs in Calistoga and treated ourselves to a Volcanic Ash Mudbath and some down time at their addictive mineral pool. And yes, it was perfection! Not to mention the stop we had to make at the Dean & DeLuca store. After all, we sure love our day trips to be sweet and fattening!
    I guess this is it. The most eventful San Francisco Break, ever.
    {Photos by me}

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Shopping Break | A Bike Bag is Still A Bag | January 10.14 | Handpicked by me.

  • In two weeks time it’s the Mr’s birthday and I’ve been searching the web for a special gift for him. The only problem is that instead of focusing on my mission, I’ve been sidetracked and looking for my next bag. It’s not the nicest thing to do but oh well, he knows me too well by now and I just LOVE collecting (ok, ok buying) bags.
    What do you think about this Adalene Bike Bag? Since moving to San Francisco and discovering the Steven Alan Store I keep coming back. This bag has my name all over it and something tells me that it has to be mine.
    I know that technically it’s a bike bag but… what can I say, I REALLY DON’T CARE.

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Meirav Barzilay | Celebrating Manual Crafts and White Squirrels | January 9.14

  • Say hello to Norman, Meirav Barzilay’s adorable lamp.
    It’s been not too long since I wrote about her Dübel Collection, but I guess this gal is working like crazy.
    In her latest project, Meirav is referring to the art of taxidermy and trying to bring it into the product design world. Just like the taxidermy preserves the extinct animal, this design tries to preserve the disappearing craftsmanship of turners, sculptors and glass blowers.
    In her own sensitive way, Meirav is celebrating the world of manual craft.
    The fun part is that you can replace the ceramic squirrel with your own figure. I would have left it just the way it is, but I love squirrels (and I have a insta-pic or two to back me on this one).

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Nilly Mozer | Sea of Staples | January 8.14

  • To be honest with you, I don’t remember when was the last time I actually used a stapler.
    When I first saw Nilly Mozer‘s 100K stool, I couldn’t help falling in love with the idea of giving staples a center stage. We all take so many random objects for granted and for a minute it felt like these shiny-metalic rows have bigger meaning.
    “I Stripped down the functional context of the staples… and they have become a raw material. No longer hidden inside the stapler, they are directed outwards, creating texture and various fascinating geometric forms.”
    The fact that you can play and move these staples from place to place and create your own pattern makes it twice the fun.
    FYI, Nilly designed this super fun stool as part of a Furniture Design Course at the Shenkar College.
    You can get in touch with Nilly at: nilly {at} exactdesign {dot} co {dot} il
  • {Photos by Oded Smadar}

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World Break | mpgmb | Black and White With a Dash of Dots | January 7.14

  • It’s no secret that for the past year I’ve been trying to live my life the black and white (with a dash of polka dots) way. That’s why when I spotted, on my Pinterest feed, the right amount of these three (thank you, Yaara!), I couldn’t look away.
    And so… Let me introduce you to Marie-Pier Guilmain and Maud Beauchamp aka mpgmb!
    I don’t think that I should add any single word. Let’s just stare at their oh-so-dreamy Bwd Stoneware Collection.
    Oh wait, I have to say just one thing, this perfection is a limited edition of 28 stoneware items and… each piece was produced only once (!!!)
    {This is a Canadian Break}
  • {Photos by Daphné Caron}

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Student Break | Nelli Lorch | Different Worlds. Different Us | January 6.14

  • In a Different World You Would Be A Different Person. That’s the tittle of Nelli Lorch’s 2013 graduation project at the Ceramic Design Department at the Bezalel Academy.
    When I saw the image of the glass reindeers, I knew that I have to find out what’s the story behind this magical and intriguing installation. While looking for an answer, I stumbled upon an interview that Midnight East had with Nelli.
    “The root of this thought might come from the fact that my mother is from Finland, and is not Jewish. I was born and raised in Jerusalem, and that’s what kind of brought me to start thinking about the feeling of belonging, and how a person starts defining himself according to his surroundings… I think most of my work, if not all, is somehow about that – having different roots, the feeling of being two people at once, trying to decide who I am… I kind of started with what defines me and what’s made me who I am. I think it’s actually even funny how I am so much me and I actually do know where I belong, and what I believe in, and where I’m from, and I’m very Israeli.”
    This project, with it’s subtext and enchanted surface, makes me want to sit down for a long and heartfelt coffee break with Nelli. Oh well, I wish it will happen one day…
    You can get in touch with Nelli at: nelli.lorch {at} gmail {dot} com

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