IDEAS WORTH SPREADING
“Change to live and live for change. This is the essence of the theme of our next event: perpetual (r)evolution. The world we live in is constantly evolving, causing us to continually reinvent ourselves and the ways we interact with what’s around us, keeping ourselves fresh, engaged and dynamic.”
Israeli Designer, Omer Polak, expressed many of his thoughts and concerns relating to his current project, during his speaking opportunity with TED, only a few days ago. TED is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1984, devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. These conferences bring the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers together, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives, in 18 minutes or less.
Omer Polak graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem 2013 and took the opportunity to study abroad, as part of an exchange program, in Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. After his studies, Omer Polak began his project at the Weizman Institute of Science, operating with the technology, Scent-2-you LTD.
Omer Polak’s project originally began as a personal interest in odors and their relation to the world. He wanted to experience the world through sense of smells as well as the lack of them. As Omer Polak explained, in his TED talk, we, in the Western world, use synthetic scents to attract a potential partner, while Korubu tribes, living in wild, use natural smells to detect a match. Eventually his interest developed into a research project, investigating the world and daily life of an individual who suffers from anosmia, the inability to perceive odor, and the desire to make a change.
Omer, first, practiced identifying his own smell through designated masks, using synthetic smells he had recorded in primitive way and scattering them around artificially. After thorough research and experimentation, he was able to create instruments that hold the ability to learn certain odors and in return send notifications when certain smells are identified.
In collaboration with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Omer had access to the technology of “scent-2-you”. This technology uses bio-feedback, as a learning technique, which pairs scents, sounds and images with two additional objects that implicate the potential uses embedded in scents.
To hear Omer Polak’s Talk, visit TED - it’s coming up soon…
Odor learning device
Designer Omer Polak
Self olfactory experience
Self portrait with white odor mask
Shape, material and purpose by Nir Meiri
With a 30 minute drive from Tel Aviv, nearby a village called Vitkin, Israeli designer Nir Meiri awaits us outside of, what seems like his studio, an enormous industrial hangar.
Having known Nir now for a few years and have exhibited his work at the gallery, he has always been very precocious about his work; the materials he used and the story behind each object he creates. His wall of inspiration is meticulously and selectively composed of patchwork of images from various objects, interiors, materials and structures, giving us a taste of Nir Meiri’s working mind.
Nir’s objects are functional, nevertheless, very attached to a conceptual vision of nature, where often raw and wild materials are shaped into clean-cut forms. The designs are clean and harmonious while providing innovative ideas and enough freedom to the material expression.
His upcoming exhibition will be in London is at the “19 Greek street” gallery. The concept of the show will be “forces of nature”.
It will be open from the 13.2.14, Nir will be showing a new version of 19 pots called – 19 clay pots – and the Desert Storm (sand lamp) table lamps.
A ‘concrete’ designer
Itai Bar-On is a graduate of the Industrial Design Department of the Shenkar College of Engineering Art and Design. We have worked with him in the past, from the gallery, to the design show, Fresh Paint 2013.
From the beginning, Itai was born into a generations long family business of construction, where each member had their own place. To incorporate his family roots into his graduation project, Itai presented his personal interpretation of the construction world, exploring the limits of concrete by placing the common material in a new context while stretching the acceptable boundaries of the matter.
Last week, we went to visit Itai in his studio, and for the first time, we saw a new collection made from something other than concrete, as the new design required a material much thinner and lighter.
He introduced us ‘Giza’, a pendant lighting collection based on a system of aluminum panels and a tapered wooden block. The varying angles and sizes of the block determine the volume of the light fixture as well as its different function and nature. The lightweight aluminum connects to the block leaving a thin slit of light breaking through.
Photographer: Yael Engelhart _ Photos location: Pitsou Kedem Architects private house construction.
Designer Itay Bar-On
The Concrete tiles are hand-crafted with a unique technique, which provides conspicuousness to varied qualities of the cement.
The Bullet collection is a first collaboration between Studio Itai Bar-On and Tel-Aviv based designer Oded Webman.
Design Week Jerusalem 2013-2014
The thought and development processes that are left behind on the work room floor are often even more so, interesting, than that of the finished products which pass through the publics eye. The design and development processes and the production methods remain hidden and invisible to the consumer, allowing us only to see the products in their final form. These processes contain a whole world of materials, images, and even the true messages that remain unrealized.
The Center of Design welcomes its 4th Design Week, at the Jerusalem Development Authority, offering an opportunity to peer behind the scenes of the design world and to understand the considerations driving the design process.
Design Week is based upon exhibitions, workshops, events, and meetings involving various design processes, this year taking place at Hansen House (the former “Lepers’ House”), which has been undergoing restoration and renovation towards becoming a new centre of design, media and technology.
The architectural treasure, Hansen Hospital, which is situated in one of Jerusalem’s most affluent neighbourhoods, was once an establishment to serve people suffering from Hansen’s (leprosy) while now, it stands as a museum hosting unique and special artistic events. Established in 1887 by the city’s protestant community as the jesus Hilfe Asyl ( Jesus Help Asylum), it was designed by Conrad Schick, a German missionary and self-taught architect.
Unfortunately, the snow storm arrived during the initial opening dates of the event, forcing Design Week to launch two weeks later. Although it was inconvenient, we didn’t miss it, and in addition, had the pleasure to see the snow in this beautiful city.
FoodFabLab – Curator and Initiator: Ayala Moses
The worlds of food and design have many points of interface: Both chefs and designers are required to use creativity, originality, a sense of esthetics and to consider how the public will receive their work. In recent weeks, teams of chefs and designers have been meeting together at workshops and kitchens which became a kind of experiment and research laboratories; there they re-examined production processes, raw materials, textures and flavors.
FoodFabLab#2 – Arayot Yam
Eran Shvartzbard – Chef (Dan Gourmet), Tal Gur – Designer, Michal Cederbaum – Designer, Noam Dover – Designer
Designers Tal Gur and Noam Dover.
FoodFabLab#3 – Blow dough
Participants: Erez Komarovsky – Chef and Baker, , Omer Polak – Designer, Michal Evyatar – Designer.
Off the shelf – Curators: Danny Hochberg, Sonia Olitesky
A collection of items from local industries is presented under one roof, where we can examine the process of development from the concept phase up to their final configuration on the shelves of the stores. The collection samples a range of products differing from one another in function, and it raises questions about design for Israeli industry.
Dana Ben Shalom graduated from the Bezalel Master of Industrial Design 2013 – Parting Ritual
Left : Manipulation. Design by deception – Initiative, Curation & Design: Studio Grotesca
Right : Quarantine, Forty Days of Seclusion. Curator: Neta Gal-Azmon; Assistant curator: Hagar Bril.
Yonathan Hopp graduated from the Bezalel Master of Industrial Design – Role Model
Yael Sabab Farkash graduated from the Bezalel Master of Industrial Design- Genetics of Objects
A Creative Manufactory
Opposite the seashore and behind the dunes of Sdot-Yam, we had the pleasure to discover, Caesarstone, what was originally considered a pioneering innovation in 1987. Finally, after a long week of winter storms, the sun was out and we were able to make our way, near to the city of Caesarea, for our first encounter with the quartz-manufacturing factory, where we had the opportunity to work hand in hand with the beautiful material.
Caesarstone is an international company and you can find their products and designs in over 40 countries. Caesarstone is an artificial stone, 90% quartz natural stone made with polyester and selected pigments.
Upon arrival, we met with two designers, Mor Krisher and Jonathan Mc Taggart, who are responsible for designing all of the new concepts, new products, and prototypes. Mor, graduated from Holon design school, worked on medical products and industrial/street design in Tel Aviv. Jonathan grew up in the kibbutz of Sdot-Yam, lived and worked in Africa, Australia and studied in Germany.
Meeting in their offices, which appeared to be a sample library, we couldn’t miss the array of samples, possible pigments, design techniques, and technology of Caesarestone and we were able to see a hint of what they do.
The duo usually starts their day with a cup of coffee at 8:30, and begin sharing ideas, thoughts and inspirations from everything that surrounds them including fairs and exhibitions from right here in Israel to around the world. They work together a lot, collaborating ideas, putting them together in the lab room, and bringing them to life.
“Like a chef in his kitchen, we always remember the measurements; we have recipes but the quantities are very important. We throw the mix in the mixer and try different combinations until we like what we got.”
Design Space was lucky enough to get a glimpse inside the lab containing Caesarstone in multiple forms and colour variations, where Mor and Jonathan bring their ideas to life. Although these talented designers can be as imaginative as they want, it is undeniable that client expectations and sales statistics influence the creative aspect of stone making, while each country has different requirements and demands.
After becoming acquainted with the lab, we followed the two designers inside the factory, with our masks on; and began the tour. The factory contains four lines of productions, working 24 hours a day. We were lucky enough to see each of the production phases; from the arrival of the quartz from India and Turkey, to the transformation combining the polyester and different pigments chosen. Each line of production uses a different technique and is responsible for something else. The last phase is in charge of the finishing touches, which sands and polishes the stone. Each individual stone board is then verified by hand to assure smooth and a shiny finish.
As we learned here, out of the dozens of samples created by the designers, the production process does depend on the market, trends, and the client. Today Cesarstone company is also on the cutting edge of Contemporary Design platform by creating collaborations such as two exclusive installations created for Caesarstone by Japanese design studio Nendo, as part of Milan Design Week 2013.
A high-end trend book is showcasing key emerging design trends, alongside a curated selection of Ceasarstone surfaces. The aim is to inspire and show how to apply in different creative ways : download it here !
Studio Appetit at Design Miami 2013 with “Elixir”
Driven by a profound passion for food and design, Ido Garini is always surprising us whether on the place he lives or with his new, up and coming projects.
Garini’s company, Studio Appetit, defines the process of using art and design to transform an object, ingredient, or experience into an appetizing sensation.
In other words, Ido and his team challenge people and food, by questioning the original concept through unorthodox installation, special service collection, and performance.
Since graduating from the Holon Institute of Technology, Garini’s Studio Appetit has already been featured in Milan Design Week, DMY Taste Festival Berlin, Dutch Design Week, and not to mention the Fresh Design fair here in Israel.
Design Miami brings together some of the best International talent to present their work under one roof, and even though we cannot attend the event this year, our love for this incredible forum stays strong; when Ido asked us if we would be there this year, we understood he was up to something!
For Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, a Design Collective called Inventory is hosting a multidisciplinary exhibit named TIME taking place in the Miami Design District and Studio Appetit presented a new concept called “Elixir – Drinking History”.
And here is the mysterious yet innovative story behind it.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get a glimpse of a different era not through books or images, but by consuming
a piece of that history?
Elixir is a world of potions that takes us back to different periods in human history, by evoking our subconscious
memory of scents and flavors.
Potions have been an integral part of the human experience throughout time.
They were concocted for remedy, worship, magic, and bonding.
The Elixir potions explore food history and consist of a mix
of herbs, spices and fruits that bring to life tastes and flavors from long gone eras and cultures.
These ingredients are infused and consumed using the Elixir product collection, which was hand crafted using Glass, Wood and Leather.
The collection itself was designed as a-historical, providing a clean slate to experience the different worlds of taste.
Studio Appetit created 5 different settings (potions) inspired by 5 different eras, they are packed in hand made textile transparent pouches, dividing each element in a separate compartment allowing the users to identify each ingredient.
Potion No.1// 1557 b.C.//pharaohs
the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt the peak of an extraordinary civilization that lasted 5000 years
Dates, liquorice, raw cinnamon, Urtica, Silybum seeds.
Potion No.2// 27 b.c.// Imperium
Imperium Romanum. When the city of Rome ruled the known world & changed it forever.
olive leaves, figs, rose bulbs, cardamom, Emmer.
Potion No.3// 630 A.D.// ITZA
Mayan world. Maya is a state of awareness. Life of the spirit lives in harmony with the cosmos.
cacao nibs, raw vanilla, chili pepper, Aloysia, flor de muerta.
Potion No.4//1206 A.D.// Mongol
The great Mongolian empire the largest contiguous land empire in human history.
Black Tea, Saffron, Cornflower-thistle.
Potion No.5// 1542 A.D.// FEAST
The Tudor Dynasty. A time of change in every aspect of culture and life, discovering the new world
Apple, Almonds, honey,black raisin, gold berry, apricot, curry tree, rose petal.
For further inquires:
Ido Garini – email@example.com
Project images – credit: Masha Bakker.
Other projects by Studio Appetit :
Luscious Food Cravings by Studio Appetit and Studio Lenneke Wispelwey at DDW13
Eating Reflections by Studio Appetit at the Taste Festival
Aphrodisiac, Sensual Eating by Studio Appetit inside the Tuttobene Exhibition in Milan Design week 2012.
Bonbons and Noodles by Ana Kras
For a little while now, we have been following a talented artist from Belgrade, Serbia, Ana Kras, and we were more than happy when she agreed to join our blog and answer our questions. From furniture maker to decorator, illustrator to bookmaker, and videographer to photographer, Ana is definitely an artist in all ways.
From childhood Ana was, already, surrounded with all kinds of art and media from her parents, and she even created two magazines at the age of eight. She suffered the pains of war during her childhood, and after graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade she moved to the United States.
Ana first arrived to Los Angeles where she was photographing folk singer, Devendra Banhart, for a European Magazine. Within five minutes the pair fell in love with each other, and soon after moved to Manhattan. Ana and Devendra currently live in the Lower East side of New York where she also works from her studio.
Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? How old are you?
I am from Belgrade, Serbia. I was born there in 1984, grew up there, and moved to USA about 3 years ago.
What and where did you study?
I studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
What do you like the most about where you are from?
I love people from Belgrade, my friends and my family, and speaking in my language. I adore Cyrillic alphabet. I love the pace of Belgrade; it’s mellow but not boring, I like that it’s original with certain underdeveloped areas. And of course I also love the food.
When did you arrive to New York and why?
I arrived a year and a half ago from Los Angeles. I moved to Manhattan because I wanted to feel the life of a real city, unlike Los Angeles – in which I never felt the city life.
Can you tell us a little about your design?
I don’t know what to say about my design. I try to make things that are simple and practical, like to use very standard materials in old fashion ways and play with little details.
Production/materials/ and where do you work?
I work in my studio in Manhattan. I mostly use wood, metal, and textiles and some things I make with my bare hands while others I have built for me by carpenters.
Where can we see your design?
On my website, in my studio, and in a few public places that feature my work, such as Nanashi Restaurant in Paris.
Do you have a gallery?
No, I am not represented by a gallery.
What do you like the most about your work?
I like that I get to do what I enjoy doing the most.
You collaborate with many people…can you tell us with who, where, and how do you meet them?
I usually collaborate with my friends, or people who ask me to collaborate, and then we become friends. At the moment, I am collaborating with Pablo Limon and I have previously collaborated Confetti System, Super Sunglasses, Petar Savic, Devendra Banhart, and Marija Strajnic.
Where do you seek inspiration in your everyday life?
Absolutely everything is an inspiration. A nice word, an ugly word, a shape, anything that brings out emotion in me, brings me inspiration.
You are an artist with Serbian origins working and living in New York, what was your greatest challenge when you first came to New York and how did this influence your work?
I don’t think NYC has influenced me at all. Belgrade and NYC have a lot in common, both big, rough loud cities, both consisting of a similar mix of beauty and ugly.
You are a real artist, from a photographer, designer, illustrator; can you tell us how do you make it all work? And what else are you doing?
I take photos, I draw, I weave, I build and design furniture. I like being busy with things I love to do. Multitasking makes it easier for me, so I never get bored.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
People who are close to my heart.
What do you like to listen to?
I love so many different sounds, from Julee Cruise to piano solos and Venezuelan folk music.
Tell us something about your future plans…
I am working on some new furniture pieces but I prefer not to talk too much ahead
The new edition of Bonbon Lamps
Illustrations for a book by Giovanni Robertini, published by Agenzia X.
Hive lamp, 2010. Floor lamp made of oak wood and the lamp shade is one of the shades from the bonbon lamps family.
Ksilofon Clothing rack, 2010 – wood, oak sticks and plywood panels.
Young Craftsmen interview
Both industrial designers and 27 years old, Andrey and Shay met in Shenkar School of Engineering where they have cultivated their differences and enriched their complementary, as they were telling us “The two of us make one good industrial designer.” Young rising talent of Israeli design and freshly graduated earlier this year, they try to be at eye-level so as their products. Creating tension with basic subjects is fundamental to their approach, using materials that already exist on the market and re-working techniques that weigh down costs and make the production first-hand and on-site.
Mostly together, their friendship is the only reason that it works with no rules and trust on each other’s strength.
Where are you from?
Shay: Tel Aviv born and raised.
Andrey: I am from Ukraine and came to Tel Aviv when I was 12.
What is the most important thing to know about you?
We try to be at eye level, our products are the same. We don’t want to do things that are too sophisticated. We are a young studio, today we are not committing ourselves.
Do you have a studio?
We have a home studio; it is part of Andrey’s home. Half a home, half a studio, in Ramat Gan.
Shay: It is a collapsible studio, we come in the morning and we unpack from boxes all of our equipment and then, when we finish, we wrap it back at the end of the day.
How did you both meet and start working together?
Shay: We were very different at the beginning. Our things were much different and I think each one of us saw his weakness as the other’s person strength.
Andrey: That’s right. We started with the regular school project we made together and it worked very well. The two of us make one good industrial designer. During the end of the third year, we start thinking about our future, doing our first leather collections together. That is actually how it all started. We had the material and the leather tools. We started to sell it and we understood it was working out, started our Etsy shop as andreyandshay.
Have you worked in/with a international platform or companies? Do you have any plans to?
We just started selling our things on Monoki, a German a commercial platform like Fancy. They sell big brand names like Norman Copenhagen or Hay. They were in contact with us. This is what we are trying to do; we are now sending design suggestion to other companies, we want them to produce our design. We really want to work abroad.
Is there any place or for someone you would wish to work with? Do you have any names for your collections and editions?
Our name of collections is the name of the object most of the time when it is a ruler it is a ruler. Straight forward. We have no editions.
Shay: By the way, if I can say it right now, I think we should start to think about it.
How do you start with a new concept? What excite you to start working on it?
Andrey: It’s the method, the technique. Starting from a new technology, like the saltshaker: a new machine. We want to make things by ourselves. A more craft way, in order to show the development.
Plastic Salt Shaker mould
Is there any specific projects for which you fell satisfied and proud of?
Andrey: Maybe our saltshakers, it is a very nice product because we can easily make it and manufacture it.
Shay: Maybe our rulers.
What is a day like in the life of Shay and Andrey?
We start with coffee. We try to be as serious and professional as possible, we meet everyday at about 9am and organize our day, and chat a little bit. We make a plan and then we go by the list . Half of the day is in front of the computer, taking care of professional software, Photoshop to edit pictures, operate our website. We finish our day with a Hi5, saying “it was a good day”.
Andrey: We do all the work; we do the graphic design, the styling of the photo shoot, we are taking photos.
We do it all because we have a precise vision of what we want, kind of being freak control may be.
What do you love the most about what you do?
Andrey: It doesn’t feel like work, it’s more fun, and I don’t feel I am am working, like a dream job.
Shay: I agree with him. It’s like a fun time we have in common.
After showing at Fresh Design fair, the first design fair in Tel Aviv, what did you get something out of it?
People know us more as a studio, we have been heard and seen, and it got us more mature. We also got to meet our fellow Israeli designers such as Asaf Weinbroom and Naama Hofman, and got to hang out with them.
We see you have a great sense of style, where do you get it from? Where do you buy?
Andrey: I think it’s from Shay, he sees a lot of fashion blogs and magazines, and I just follow him.
Shay: I try to wear basic things, and be someone that I want.
Is there any connections of your design, living or being in Isreal?
I think Tel Aviv has a big influence, as a Tel Aviv lifestyle. Tel Aviv is cool, it’s a great place to be.
Do you get influence by any International designers? If yes, whom?
It changes every once in a few month. Right now, Industrial Facilities by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin. Mass produced and everything they do gets iconic, with very simple shapes and they are very accurate.
Anything else in other fields?
Andrey: Maybe we will talk about the movie, “Jiro dreams of sushi”.
Shay: It is a documentary film and all he does is sushi all his life. It’s very inspiring how much he likes his work. It is about excellence and being committed, trying to be the best in what you do.
What is your next project?
Shay’s final project at Shenkar
Andrey’s final project at Shenkar
SHANA TOVA from Design Space
By Putput – Interdisciplinary Swiss/Danish artist duo, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Based on the theme of spring cleaning we styled a series of playful and surreal objects which we placed in simple tableaus with a selection of contemporary design furniture”.
What best than the Jewish New Year to express our appreciation for having you aboard this design journey! We always want to share with you all of our discoveries with new designers, great encounters, excitement and ideas; we wish you a very sweet year full of creativity !
Hag Sameah to all.
Ron Gilad: The Logical, the Ironic, and the Absurd
We always have been following the Israeli designer Ron Gilad and his two different trajectories from furniture items to sculptural objects; and this new group of works presented in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is documenting this interesting tension in an enigmatic, sometimes very poetic, way.
The opening shot that defined Gilad as a creator was taken in the exhibition New Post in 1999 at Periscope Gallery in Tel Aviv, which followed upon his studies in the industrial design department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. The first comprehensive exhibition of his works was presented at the Wright Gallery in Chicago in 2009, and two years ago he began exhibiting his works at Dilmos Gallery in Milan, where he has been living until now.
Finally showing again in Israel, we had a real pleasure visiting the exhibition, a narrow space which was divided into small rooms and actually gave the possibility to surprise and intrigue us in every corners with new works.
The exhibition showcases approximately 100 works that were mostly designed and produced in 2013 where Gilad divests objects of their original functions and transports them to new realms. His works consist of minimalist, modular structures “translated” into furniture items, alongside art making.
Gilad’s vision of design is translated as a form of amusement, provocation, in a state of constant movement, showing the process of questioning that he is going through, striving to create new images from familiar everyday objects.
Having a designer showing at the museum is always very interesting to us, and in that case, the curating is an important actor of the what and how we are going to discover an industrial designer inside an art Institution, and what added value we can get from it.
Gilad gives us a full circle of creativity, you have until December 28 to pass by!
Location: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Herta and Paul Amir Building.
Curator: Meira Yagid Haimovici