Talia Mukmel | Creating A Brand New Past


Art, Industrial Design, Israeli Designers Talia Mukmel | Creating A Brand New Past

Everywhere I turn, I see a S’well water bottle. Seriously! It’s such a craze… BUT, I’m here to tell you about a different kind of a water bottle. It’s the kind of bottle that holds within: past, present, earthiness, art and modern, at the same time. I’m talking about Talia Mukmel’s Revolve bottles. A collaboration between her and Aybar Gallery, Miami.

Talia’s starting point was researching the historical methods of storing water. “Much research has been carried out regarding the historical methods of storing water. By examining the material components and design differences of every earthenware remnant, researchers learned more about ancient civilizations regarding their cultural, economic, production and technological values.”

Why water bottles, you ask? It came to life thanks to Talia’s desire to create an object expressing the spirit of a given historical period combined with a contemporary vision. During the process, she experimented with different techniques in order to find the perfect way to preserve the attributes found in ancient hand work, while utilizing techniques of production based on today’s modern materials. And without a doubt, she found just that.

“The main challenge of this project was to find the particular material which symbolized modernism and at the same time suggested the appearance and sense of being naturally crafted.”

Talia went with plastic. It allowed her to replicate an object, while preserving the elements of sentimental value in a handcrafted work and the knowledge and attributes of previous generations.
There is a blurred line between an artistic object and a utilized one, and if you ask me, it looks more futuristic and almost “Star Trek” like than anything…


Photos by Daniel Shechter and Aybar Gallery

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