My San Francisco Break | Design Shops. There are Plenty of Them! | August 18.13

  • It’s been way too long since the last My San Francisco Break. So I think I should jump right in and tell you all about my adventures in the city. Over the weekend we decided that it’s time to try something a little bit different from the every day city life, and so we took the train and ended up in Ocean Beach and it’s Sutro Baths. I fell in love with this foggy-breezy-gray beach.
  • But wait, There was a lot more going on before this magical weekend at the beach. The other day I met my sweet friend Jesica and she showed me some of her favorite stores in the Laurel Height neighborhood. The two I liked the most were March and Hudson | Grace. What else… I had the pleasure of buying some goodies at the Bi-Rite Market and heading to Dolores Park for an unplanned picnic at the park which was lots of fun thanks to the sunny weather. Ummmm… I also visited Fort Mason for the first time, while exploring the Renegade Craft Fair. I’m so in love with all these places in which I can get a slice of ocean view!
  • I also spent many hours at Craftsman and Wolves in which I drank lots of lattes, ate lots of yummy treats and forced myself to get done with an interview that I put off for way to long. Oh right, I also visited the Little Paper Planes Shop for the tenth time (it’s such a designed oasis in the middle of Valencia Street). And don’t think I didn’t eat along the way. You know that’s not possible. I had the most amazing amazing first date with Rachel at the Samovar Tea Lounge (Rachel, it was an excellent choice!), I payed a visit to B. Patisserie (I need to go back asap!), ate the most tasty vegan pizza at Beretta and straight from there ended up at the The Crème Brûlée Cart. Yep… eating crème brûlée. What can I say, it wasn’t too shabby! Hope you enjoyed my SF mini tour and I sure hope it won’t take too long before the next one.
    {Photos by me}

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Student Break | Didi Kfir | Tel Aviv Like You’ve Never Seen Before | August 15.13

  • Have you ever wondered about all the people that streets were named after them? I sure do. That was the starting point of Didi Kfir and her Tel-Aviv – Travel Book.
    Tel-Aviv – Travel Book offers three different routes to walk through the streets of the city. Each route offers random encounters with the many personalities behind the names of streets in the revitalized city.” And what happens when two famous people intersect? Well, it depends… Each encounter led Didi’s imagination run wild and she came up with a series of sometimes hilarious, sometimes awkward and sometimes touching encounters. An illustrated encounter!
    In case you are wondering, Didi is a recent graduate of the Communication Design Department at the Shenkar College. BTW, if Did’s name rings any bells it’s just because I already wrote about her mad skills a while back.

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My First Interview… | August 14.13

  • It’s always difficult talking and showing pictures of yourself. At least that’s super hard for me. And that’s why I never agreed to do it up until now. Since moving to San Francisco, I decided to use the word YES more than I use the word NO when people ask me to take a moment to step over to the other side of the screen. And that’s why when sweet Eva, a native Belgian who moved to Tel Aviv not so long ago, asked me if she could interview me for her newly blog (aka The Bubblist), I felt like it’s time to get out of inside my head and just do it.
    If you care to know a little bit more about me and my blogging journey, you can check me and my trying-to-sound-serious-but-not-really-succeeding answers at The Bubblist. One thing is for sure, I need to practice this unfamiliar territory.
    Oh and… Eva, thx for having me!

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A Typographer in The Making | Take Seventeen | August 13.13

  • As we speak, Liron is still working on her dissertation and I secretly hope that it will last forever (that’s how much I love having her around here) but I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who doesn’t want this dissertation to be over.
    While Liron is working hard on being a dedicated student and trying not to let London interfere in her way, She has some wicked plans lined up. Liron was invited to Budapest to talk about her ongoing journey as a typographer and I can’t wait to here all about it! As the clock in ticking and the lecture is only a few weeks away, I should stay still and let Liron do her thing and tell us a little bit more about her past few weeks.
    {Photos by Liron Lavi Turkenich}

Writing the dissertation is still not so much actual writing. So much information to be researched, compared, thought of before the actual writing begins. Collecting information crumbs from every available source, archives and libraries. Trying not to be distracted and focusing only on what I really need. Learning once again, that I cannot sit still and concentrate for many hours. Learning that sometimes in order to take the advice given to you- you have to find it yourself. Even if it presents itself in a long messy irrational way. Having a family visit, and trying not to miss anything and accomplish everything.
Arriving at Bath, breathing fresh cool air. Getting warm with a delicious pasty, walking around a Roman clean version of a mixture between Europe and Jerusalem (the stones, the stones!). Going to BBC Proms for a spontaneous classic music concert. Realizing we are dressed like at our wedding. Admiring once again the beautiful Royal Albert Hall. Visiting the beloved Ottolenghi twice a day, and that soothes the pain of limited time in London due to dissertation. Thoughts about the next chapter are coming and going. Skyscanner is getting much more traffic from us these days. Post graduate studies syndrome is approaching, and the only way to block it is by ordering plain tickets to Budapest, Amsterdam, Lima and Buenos Aires. Adventures are arriving soon, but first- dissertation time!
{Don’t miss Liron’s Reading Calling and A Typographer in The Making}

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Student Break | Danielle Aiber | Embroidering Away | August 12.13

  • It seems like so many people around me know how to create an embroidery. And me? I’m so not good at it! To be honest, I’m such a terrible crafter. When I first stumbled upon Danielle Aiber’s Embroidered furniture I fell in love with the color combination of the threads and then… I fell in love with the idea behind it. I know, with me it’s always color before everything else. But let’s go back to Danielle. While I might be shallow, Danielle thought about function as well and not just about the aesthetics of the embroidery itself. In addition to the decorative role of it, the embroidered thread connects actual parts and contributes to the object’s structure.
    BTW, Danielle is a 2013 graduate of the Industrial Design Department at H.I.T.

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Shopping Break | Ceramic Bangles? Yes, Please! | August 9.13 | Handpicked by me.

  • Whenever an industrial designer turns into an accessories designer, I know that only good things can come out of it. Julie Hung, the one behind Jujumade, is an industrial designer, who turned into a ceramist and now… her oh-so-beautiful first collection of handmade ceramic accessories has been born. I’m so in love with the splashes of glaze and these imperfect drops of color. It gives these creation a one of a kind vibe and although I’m not mush of a bangle warrior, I want to stack a bunch of them on my arm. Yep, that’s how much I love it!
    At the moment I’m debating between the Splatter Bangle and the Donut Bangle but probably will end up with the Splatter. How about you?
    BTW, you can read a little bit more about Julie and her creative process right here.

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Student Break | Rotem Azrad Malka | Being A Bride, It’s Complicated! | August 8.13

  • Just the other day I had a conversation with one of my new American friends about weddings and being a bride in the US. My day as a bride was so long ago (almost 8 years to be exact) but I sure am intrigued by customs and especially the ones that are foreign for me. I bet you want to know where I’m going with this.
    Rotem Azrad Malka, a graduate of the Communication Design Department at WIZO Haifa, was also intrigued by all the madness that involves being a bride and so she began her journey by exploring traditions around the world and chose to focus on brides who had their fair share of suffering, stress and intensity. At the end of it, Rotem came up with a series of illustrated brides. The thing is that she didn’t stop there, each and every illustration ended up being dotted dot by dot (and by saying that I mean literary being perforated) with a crazy amount of super delicate and super demanding work. Yep, just like dealing with weddings – a lot of hard work and crazy stuff that you don’t always realize before you start. I just thank god that my wedding day was calm and un-stressful in any shape size or form.

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Student Break | Ruchoma Rubin | Emotional Games | August 6.13

  • Bobby. That’s the name Ruchoma Rubin decided to call her super lovable ceramic creature.
    Ruchoma, a 2013 graduate out of the Ceramic Design Department at the Bezalel Academy, developed a seemingly amorphous forms while attempting (and succeeding!) to create variations, that will allow the viewer to partake in this unspoken game of association. a game that involves pouring out your emotions, but at the same time make you want to play (and goof around) with these super aesthetic creatures and their splash of neon silicon bands.
    I’m not sure where your head’s at, but I want to grab each and every one of these cuties and start playing!
    You can get in touch with Ruchoma at: ruchoma {at} gmail {dot} com

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