Shira Keret for REDESIGN[D] | Can’t Touch The Monolith Light | August 13.15

  • By now it is safe to say that I gonna love whatever will come out of Shira Keret’s hands. This girl doesn’t really know how to stand still. It looks like her mind works 24/7 in order to create the most minimalistic yet functional objects. That’s why there is no question why the REDESIGN[D] guys wanted to collaborate with her. The Monolith Light is based on the same methodology and esthetics that led to the making of the original Monolith series of marble objects.
    Monolith Light is a series of wall mounted light fixtures, each unique in its mixture of ridges and blend of colors. The flat discs that comprise the lamps are crafted from thinly sliced Corian blocks. The use of Corian, a polymer based solid surface material, has enabled the seamless blending of colors and textures in a single slab. Each disc is held in place by brass prongs which fix it to the base of the lamp without damaging its surface, similarly to how precious stones are held in jewelry.”
    It’s obvious that for Shira, the material is king, in each and every object she creates. She enjoys following its lead and comes up with a way to surprise us with its – not so common or know characteristics.
    This time around, finding out that Corian can be cut into thin slices while having good translucence, gave Shira the opportunity to turn these textured monochromatic slices into light fixtures.
    What I love the most about this design is the endless possibilities lying between the light and its shadows.
    If you are curious to hear and see more about the process, you should watch this video. For me it’s always fun to get a glimpse into the designer’s mind.

{Photos by Daniel Shechter}

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Ron Nadel | Jerusalem Moments | July 21.15

  • Back in 2011 I shared with you my love for Ron Nadel’s Tel Avivian illustrations. Fast forward to 2015 and Ron has Jerusalem on his mind and under his fingertips.
    I’m sure I said it before but Jerusalem is a tough city to swallow. However, it’s pretty safe to say that Ron’s graphic illustrations take the uniqueness that this city has to offer and leaves behind all that needs to be left. Behind Ron’s illustrations lay a bunch of his very own childhood memories from the times he visited his grandmother who lives there. I can see how a childish eye can make wonders of this super controversial city…
    There is something quite magical and calm in the way this guy illustrate and so, I guess I should thank him for making me see that city with new eyes and clear mind.

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Michal Taharlev | A Sea Of Delicate Threads Turn Into Wearable Beauties | July 1.15

  • You guys, I’m still alive. Not as productive online (hopefully it will change soon enough), but if there is one place I try to be more visible, it’s my Instagram account (not to mention, checking my feed @#%$ times a day). Anyways, I’m only sharing this because Instagram is where I first stumbled upon Michal Taharlev’s rad creations. It’s always refreshing to watch a young designer, who decided to embrace new technologies but still sticks to older traditional crafts that usually are long forgotten. BUT WAIT, let’s pause for a sec. I need to thank Jaime aka Miss Design Milk and the newly accessorized, Miss Adorn Milk for this happy revelation.
    Now, back to Michal. How crazy cool are these accessories?! I mean, whoever wears these showstoppers, needs to be my BFF. I mean it.
    At the beginning, Michal, a textile designer, who graduated from the Shenkar College in 2011, struggled with the question: “how can I take the hand weaving process and combine it to become a new and contemporary product that will be traditional yet modern?” All I can say is: Michal, you need to struggle no more!
    In her brand new collection, Michal continues to explore the relationship between metal and textile, but this time by using laser cutting in order to shape the fabrics. These hundreds of small and delicate threads, which are manually assembled and dyed, are tightened together by metals.
    I’m thinking a shopping spree is in order. Are you with me on this one?
  • {Photos by Ziv Sade}

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Student Break | Golan Taub | His Inner Harajuku Girl | June 1.15

  • In a few short months, I’ll be writing about the 2015 Graduates, however there is no rule that says that I can’t continue writing about my favorite 2014 Graduates. Right?
    I can’t remember when was the last time a fashion graduate put a smile on my face. And I’m talking about a juicy smile, that makes your cheeks hurt. And then came Golan Taub and his New Layer collection, out of the Fashion Design Department at the Shenkar College. I mean look at these insane silhouettes and colors.
    While exploring Golan’s outfits all I could think about was: “I’m pretty sure Barbie would totally rock these pieces.” BUT, I am quite sure Golan didn’t have Barbie on his mind creating these fun showstoppers. In fact, he was inspired by the shoguns, the warriors of Imperial Japan who established their identity as warriors with threatening and intimidating costumes. Golan takes the fashion world and all the seriousness that usually comes with it, in a different perspective, enjoying each vibrant color that goes through his sewing machine and creating outrageous silhouettes for the inner Harajuku girl inside every one of us.
  • {Photos by Daniel Kaminsky}

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Instagram Dishes? Hell Yeah! | May 20.15

  • “How do you create an entirely new and exciting food experience for foodies who believe they’ve already seen it all?”
    For the team of Carmel wineries (one of the largest and oldest wineries in Israel) the answer was simple. They call it FOODOGRAPHY. “A series of unique and unforgettable live dining events, that doubled as photography workshops and at the center of lie two first-of-a-kind dishes created to capture the perfect shot of gourmet food through a smartphone.”
    You have no idea how excited it made me feel (as a hopeless foodie-grapher) when I first spotted these brilliant Instagram dishes on my facebook feed. I guess that’s what happens when most of your facebook friends are designers.
    But enough about me. Back to this rad project. The three, who turned this Syfy concept into a realty, are truly a dream team, in Israel and beyond. I’m referring to Adi Nissani (a ceramic designer who specializes in artisan tableware and develops custom made collections for restaurants), Dan Perez (my absolute favorite Israeli food photographer) and Meir Adoni (a well renowned chef).
    If you ask me what’s the best next thing you should do right now, it’s watching this yummy video and then… well, I’m sure you gonna wish these dishes are up for grabs for you to have and to hold at your next dinner table. I know that’s exactly how I feel. Oh well, I guess a girl can dream.

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Touchka | Wearable Stories | May 12.15

  • Jenny Lumelsky was one of the firsts who joined me, on my Illustrated Break, with her beautiful wallpaper, back in 2011. When she wrote me about Touchka, her brand new adventure with her very own mister, Tomer Ronen, I couldn’t be happier. After all, it doesn’t get any better than breezy scarves and beautiful illustrations. Right?
    Truth be told, I can’t get enough of Jenny’s illustrated world. It’s super dreamy and fairy tale like. Anyways, back to Touchka.
    Touchka is a narrative collection of scarves. Each scarf is illustrated and inspired by a favorite quote from a story or fairy tale: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Little Prince, The Jungle Book and The Happy Prince.
    At the moment I’m all about these black panthers.
    I must admit that I’m super excited about Jenny and Tomer’s journey and can’t wait for many more chapters to be born and illustrated.
    What can I say, wearable stories, that’s one brilliant concept!
  • {Photos by Ella Uzan}

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Ira Design Lab | To The Moon And Back | May 7.15

  • Moons of Jupiter light fixtures are made of broken tempered glass combined with a clear polymer, shaped into organic structures. The journey to Jupiter began in 2007, when Ira Rozhavsky (then an industrial design student at the Bezalel Academy) worked on her graduate project and developed a new material.
    “To create these lamps, Ira has developed a unique manufacturing process that allows her to turn what was once fragile and brittle into something malleable and versatile.”
    When you stare at Ira’s light fixtures, it almost feels like you have a direct line into the life that might exist in the outer space. But seriously, these deceiving fragments pull you in and make you dig deep beneath the surface. Don’t they?
  • {Photos by Yoav Gurin}

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Studio Kahn | Not your Average Mundane Toys | May 5.15

  • While visiting my beloved Israel last month, I was invited to take a look at Studio Kahn’s solo exhibition From Mold to Fragment, at the Design Museum Holon.
    You have no idea how excited I felt, when I saw their whimsical creations with my own two eyes. It’s one thing to get excited by pretty pictures. But it’s a whole new world to actually get to see your favorite designs in person. It’s priceless, to say the least. Anyways, I’m only telling you because the Kahns (aka Mey and Boaz) just released their new collection that goes by the name Goltz. Well, on a second thought, it’s more like a sequel to their Herzel Collection (which is my favorite one).
    These two have a way to transform all these mundane toys into a piece of art, that you just have to have and to hold in your life.
    We all have a memory or object from our childhood that we want to keep close to our heart and not let go of. In a way, it feels like these ceramic beauties are Mey and Boaz’s way to keep their very own childhood memories alive and even glorified.
    FYI, you can find my previous posts about the Kahn’s right here.
  • {Photos by Eran Turgeman}

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