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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Studio Ve | Tik Tak. Tik Tak | December 26.13

  • Whenever I receive an email from Shay Carmon and Ben Klinger (aka Studio Ve) I know it’s gonna be an exciting day!
    These two, have been exploring the dimension of time for quite some time (take a look here, here and here).
    “Some people are systematic, approaching challenges step by step. Others view things from different angles, while some people focus directly on the target. We wanted to create a clock for just about everyone.”
    In their latest creation ,the Perspective Series, the two explore the way time is experienced by different people in different ways. Their design focuses on the hands instead of the clock face, creating shapes that give meaning to the movement itself.
    Do you have a favorite? I’m hands down a “K Clock”.
    If you are one of those who has to have a one of a kind “time capture” you should support Ve Studio’s kickstarter campaign.

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IllustratedBreak. January 2014 | By Shiri Ashkenazi | December 24.13

  • Today is all about Christmas so we figured that we should also celebrate it here on DesignBreak.
    When I say “we”, I mean Shiri and I. Shiri Ashkenazi, the one behind the monthly San Francisco, an Illustrated Journey, outdid herself and so… here is a little gift for the holiday from her (and me). How cute is her Santa-Girl?! I’m beyond obsessed.
    You should treat your computer with some holiday spirit and download this fun and cheerful wallpaper.
    Each month a new Desktop wallpaper is up for grabs for you to download and jazz up your computer.
    Click to download:
    iPhone. iPad. 1024×768. 1280×1024. 1680×1050. 1900×1200. 2560×1440.

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My San Francisco Break | Birthday Trip to Napa | December 23.13

  • This month passed by so fast and I can’t believe that just now I’m writing about my birthday trip to Napa! Oh well…
    It was one special day and actually the very first we celebrated here is California. The day began with my sweet Mr. surprising me with a the cutest convertible Mini Cooper (it was a ZipCar). We hopped inside and drove across the Bay Bridge toward Yountville. There we started our day at the fancy Bouchon Bakery. I’ve been obsessed with their treats ever since I tried them in NYC. From there we walked a few steps and found ourselves at The French Laundry Culinary Garden. It felt so refreshing being surrounded by all the baby herbs. So we just walked down all these aisles of flowerbeds and I took many pictures of mini plants. It was a lot of fun!
  • From there it was time to hit the first winery of the day. We drove through Trinity Road which was pure magic. Driving while smelling the fresh air and the blooming trees felt so good even for a city girl like me. It really was special scenery.
  • Oh wait, we were talking about wineries. The first one we visited was the Kunde Family Estate, which I heard so much about. Although it wasn’t spring time, I still enjoyed looking at the massive vineyard and all the shades of brown. I can’t wait to come back during spring and see it in full swing! Plus, the mister really enjoyed their wine tasting selection. Before hitting the next winery we had to stop for lunch. Ana, my sweet friend, told me all about the Oxbow Public Market, so I had to check it out. While there, we decided to try the Kitchen Door. You should order their Breakfast Kobe Burger. That’s the only way to go!
  • Breakfast treats, check. A dash of fresh air and greenery, check. Beautiful winery and wine tasting, check. Yummy brunch, check. What’s next? Another winery, of course. After hearing from my friends Igor and Philippe about the Domaine Carneros Winery there was no other option and they were so right! Who can argue with lots and lots of bubbly selection? certainly not me! This place is a true gem and I know that I’ll be back to check this place during high season. I just have to. I mean, sparkling wine or better yet, sparkling everything is so me.
  • After a day spent with my special guy, we decided that we will leave some wineries for our next trip. It was the perfect call to make because on the way back to San Francisco, we drove while the sun began going down and we experienced the most beautiful sunset.
  • I’m such a sucker for fancy sunsets so it felt really special to end this super magical birthday on a high note, with lots of orange and yellow shades in the background.
  • {Photos by me}

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