World Break | Asia Pietrzyk | Striking An Illustrated Pose | April 23.15

  • I think that I need to thank Bri (aka DesignLoveFest) for introducing me to the magnificent Asia Pietrzyk and her magic hands. The next step (that happens Whenever I find a creative that I like) was searching her profile on Instagram and from there life is much brighter, prettier and happier. That’s exactly how I feel about Asia and her Instagram account. At first it was her showcasing the world how brilliant she is as an illustrator BUT THEN… Then came her oh-so-dreamy instamissimos.
    In her instamissimos, Asia strikes an illustrated pose. She picks her favorite insta-pics and transforms them into illustrations or gifs. In a way it’s a colorful version of my absolute fave DailyDoodleGram (you do know what I’m talking about. Right?!).
    At the moment there are 50 instamissimos and my two favorite ones are nº40 and nº16 oh and also this dreamy box of chocolates (aka nº5).
    I hope you get me. This girl is special. Super special. And I can’t wait for mountains of instamissimos to flowed my insta-feed.
    {This is a Polish Break}

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Producks | Did Someone Mention Coffee? | April 20.15

  • When you send an email that says “coffee” all over it, you get me. There is no question about that.
    Yoav Avinoam and Gil Sheffi, the Producks dudes, know me. They know me too well. Their latest creation, in collaboration with Artisan, goes by the name Kahawa. Yep, it means “coffee”. In Arabic.
    Inspired by the traditional Moroccan coffee table (did I mention that I’m half Moroccan?!), the two decided to put the legs center stage.
    “We asked what if the legs of the table go through the table top and create a new kind of decoration in context to the traditional design.”
    The Kahawa Table is nothing but an elegant and refined interpretation of the crazy busy Moroccan style. And I like it. Actually, I love it. A lot.

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KaRiniTi | Stitching The Night Away | April 14.15

  • When I was a child, I used to cross stitch almost every other piece of paper that came across me. I guess that’s why, when I first came across KaRiniTi’s embroidery sketchbooks on Instagram, it brought back so many good memories. I can only imagine, Karin Iticovich, the stitching goddess, sitting in her studio and working on all these nostalgic magnets. I can’t think of a better way to sail away with your imagination, coming up with fun geometric patterns and stitching the night away.

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Shiran Mann | The Texture Game | April 3.15

  • I think that it was my friend, Noa Kedmi, who first told me about her friend, Shiran Mann.
    Shiran is a textile designer, who has been fooling around with metals ever since high school. What I love most about Shiran’s work is the fact that you can spot right away the playfulness and good time she is having while creating. But seriously, I love that she works with different shades of metals and my oh my… look at all these textures and metallic ombré (I know, it’s a fancy word for gradient and I like it better!).
    I guess it takes a textile designer to be a master of color and texture. After all, that’s what they do best.
    At the moment I’m obsessing over Shiran’s dotted earrings. How wonderful are they?! I could gaze at these metals, their transitions and brush strokes-like spots, ALL DAY LONG. I kid you not.
    You can get in touch with Shiran at: Shiranmann {at} gmail {dot} com

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Asufa | Fancy Haggadah?! Hell, Yeah! | March 19.15

  • Unless you are Jewish, you probably didn’t even realize that Passover is just around the corner. AND, I don’t blame you!
    Ummm… Full disclosure: Passover isn’t one of my favorite holidays. However, since it first started three years ago, I’m super excited about Asufa‘s brand new (and oh so fancy) addition of the Haggadah.
    The concept is simple: each designer is given a text segment from the traditional Haggadah and is assigned to design a spread.
    What I love most about it is the fact that each year the Haggadah is filled with new designers and illustrators. And since we have lots and lots of crazy talented peeps in our tiny Israel, it feels so good to flip through the pages and find new talent.
    It’s seriously my favorite thing to do in April. I always get excited to find out who made the cut this time around and I must say that Lior Yamin, one half behind Asufa and the editor of the Haggadah, never disappoints!
    In case you are wondering, you can find out more about last year’s Haggadah, right here.
  • {Illustrations (from top to bottom) by: Ori Toor, Ovadia Benishu, Enosh Bar-Tur, Noa Kelner, Tahel Maor and Hen Macabi}

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Nirit and Avi Berman | Let’s Play! | March 5.15

  • I love it when designers don’t take themselves too seriously and from time to time like to mess around with their creations. Nirit and Avi Berman are two of these people.
    Usually, the two deal with high end jewelry and stacks of gold are their everyday reality.
    In their Disrupted Collection, Nirit and Avi took some of their classic (or should I say iconic) jewels and made them go through “forced” disruption.
    Wrinkling, pressing, cutting, stretching, and working with simple raw materials. They all created a new aesthetic and expanded the concept of beauty.
    I especially love the Spread ones. For some reason, it makes the gold look and feel more accessible and playful.
    On a side note: I wish the two would open an adult after school class, for people to come, play and have fun with piles of gold!

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Shira Keret and Itay Laniado | Wanderlust Vases | March 2.15

  • It’s no secret that I’m one of those who have a never ending wanderlust in their bones. In fact, the minute I’m returning from a trip, my mind is occupied with choosing the next destination.
    When I laid my eyes on Shira Keret and Itay Laniado‘s Scape Vases, I had the feeling that these two know exactly how it feels to have a constant wanderlust. Shira and Itay created a series of panoramic vases, where each is a homage to a different place in the world.
    The two used Caesarstone‘s new stone collection, a collection which was designed to mimic natural stone. The idea behind the vases began with them wanting to represent nature and see how they can express it through objects. And so, they decided to design an object that imitates an ideal representation of nature. That’s when the vases came about.
    “we collected images that show nature at it’s most magnificent display… An enhanced and improved image that can easily replace the origin in our memory. We used water jet cutting to recreate the horizon as a meeting point between two surfaces in the vases, each surface represents a simplified block of nature – water, mountain, sky, etc.”
    I don’t know what about you, but I can sense a wanderlust in the air.
    This project was designed for GamVeGam group exhibition, curated by Designspace and commissioned by Caesarstone.
  • {Photos by Daniel Shechter}

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Palm & Olive | Flat Volume | February 25.15

  • My new favorite obsession is called Palm & Olive and it’s everything I could ever wish for the office supply (and in particularly pens on top of pens on top of pens) hoarder that I am.
    Leather accessories for my fancy pens? How can I resist?!
    The ladies behind this minimalistic heaven are industrial designer Daniela Bekerman and graphic designer Maya Cohen. While one (Daniela) lives in Tel Aviv and the other (Maya) is in Madrid, they don’t let the distance or the time difference disturb the fanciest collaboration ever.
    Together they blend different disciplines and design items that create a dialogue between two and three dimensions.
    In their first collection, the two mainly focused on their relationship to volume. When not used, the objects are flat but get depth and shape while functioning.
    The thing I like most about these accessories is the fact that the girls don’t use any sewing, only cutting and even then, the cutting is barely visible.
    The object is actually the spread itself. How brilliant is that?!

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