Sunday, September 25, 2011

The London Design Festival Showcases Israeli Designers

Before The London Design Festival comes to an end, we would like to pay tribute to two leading Israeli born designers presenting at one of the world's most important annual design events: Arik Levy and Eyal Burstein.
Arik Levy, originally from Israel where most of his time was dedicate to surfing and his graphic design studio. In 1988 Levy moved to Europe and in 1991 completed his studies in the Art Center Europe in Switzerland where he gained a distinction in Industrial Design. Levy currently works in Paris with his 20-strong team of designers and graphic artists forming L design. Under the vision of Levy and his associate, Pippo Lionni, the firm also produces brand identities, packaging, signage, exhibition and interior design.
The Molteni Group, one of Italy’s leading furnishings companies, has devoted its Covent Garden Flagship Store in the London Design Festival, to Arik Levy. The design collaboration between Molteni&C and Levy, called “in power10”,  takes inspiration from the film produced by designers Charles and Ray Eames in 1968, which focuses on the relative scale of the universe in factors of 10, from minute to infinite.

Eyal Burstein, an Israeli, Berlin-based product designer attended the London College of Printing in London in 2001–2004 and the Royal College of Arts in London from 2004-2006.  In 2007 Burstein founded Beta Tank, a Berlin-based conceptual product design practice which creates objects based on cross-disciplinary research that explores new technologies and social commentary. Read the full interview with Eyal Burstein.  
Beta Tank is showcasing the “Scaffolding Brut” in the London Design Festival Tunnel entrance. The installation presents a variety of porcelain scaffolding, focusing on the artistic medium of their aesthetic structure and form, while posing the question "If scaffolding systems are so impressive without design specifications, how utterly magnificent could they become if the need for beauty was attributed to construction?" 

If you’ve visited The London Design Festival this year, we’d love to hear about your first hand experience! 
For more information, visit The London Design Festival site here

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Breaking through cultural barriers

We know the political situation is delicate at the moment, and it is not our intention to go there, rather despite of it, we wanted to share with you a bit about the multicultural threesome designers, threeASFOUR, which to us, shed some light and hope for more future peaceful partnerships.

As sport enthusiasts connect and bond on the basis of solely the group or game they are rooting for, with no relation to cultural differences, so too the creative scene is an opportunity for cross-cultural collaborations and friendships. Art/Fashion/Design are fields of interests that have the subtle power to blur territorial boundaries, unite people as people, without prejudice of race, color or religion.

threeASFOUR, a popular label in the New York fashion scene, is lead by three brilliant designers:  Gabi is Palestinian, Adi is Israeli and Ange is from Tajikistan.  With curved or asymmetrical silhouette cuts, their designs demand notice. threeASFOUR seek out innovation and have even experimented with art gallery installations art fair appearances and wind-up dolls as models,  instead of traditional catwalk runways.

We want to take this opportunity and wish you a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year, we pray for peace, understanding and solidarity. May we create a better higher future for ourselves and generations to come. Take Good Care.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Campana brothers note Israeli design

We know this post is not about an Israeli design/event or designer achievement specifically, but we found it very interesting the reference to Israeli design the Brazilian Campana brothers made in an interview they had with one of the most popular financial newspapers in Israel today, the Calcalist.

Humberto Campana said he connects with Israeli design as it is similar to where he comes from."Israeli design tells the story of its origin, Israeli designers are aware of the tension and uncertainty of reality and the things around them." Referencing his own country's security concern too, Campana explains that the idea of all things being temporary, changing from moment to moment is something that is engraved in their consciousness too. As such, when Humberto sees Israeli design, he can relate.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Holon Kicks-off Exhibition Season

To follow up on our post from the other day, we couldn't attend the opening ceremony of Holon's exhibition season, but here is a short preview of what went on that evening, credited to the Holon Municipality. We must visit there soon!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Efrat Ezuz in the news!

Exciting news! The Israeli model Tamar Diskind wears Efrat Ezuz jewelry in her fashion shoot!

Efrat Ezuz is a young fashion jewelry designer whom creatively fuses the colorful world of fashion with the precise elegance of handmade crafting. The use of vibrant colored quality stones, crystals and plastics, combined with gold plated necklaces, is what makes Efrat’s jewelry so attractive!

For more of Efrat’s unique creations visit the DZion online designer boutique shop.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Art Outside Tel-Aviv

The Israeli art scene and culture is continuously growing outside of Tel-Aviv too: The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and this summer's culture festivels and events, Ashdod Museum that conitues to refresh with innovative quality exhibitions, Bat Yam and also Pardes Hana opened  Art in the Community weekends this summer too.

DZion actually visited Pardes Hana this weekend. So many talented artists and gifted craftsmanship, we found it very real and down to earth. The event was scattered in 7 different areas in the city, each with 7-10 artists displaying their work in beautiful rural homes, in a cozy, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This special weekend ends today at 17, so hurry up and take a trip a bit north to meets the artists and people in Pardes Hana.
After that you can visit Holon because tonight at 1930, the third year of Holon's exhibition season begins! In tonight's special opening, 5 different exhibitions will be shown in galleries across the city while the Design Holon Museum has prolonged their running exhibition of NEW OLDS-Design Between Tradition and Innovationas a response to the demand (exhibition closing Oct.1st). All galleries are free, including the entrance to the Design Holon Museum which is an art piece in itself and a must see! (Designed by Ron Arad) It sounds worth visiting tonight! For more details in Hebrew, see here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

TA Fashion Weekend 15-17.9

We visited the opening of the TA Fashion Weekend at "The Station", "HaTachana" in the Neveh Zedek neighborhood, Tel Aviv. It was a bit disappointing the few amount of fashion accessories displayed at the exhibition entrance (right on the left when you walk into the station, we almost missed it!). But then the live Salsa music and the creative Israeli designer stands and shops are always interesting and uniquely appealing to see!

Next weekend it will be all about Home & Design, industrial design and holiday gifts. If you guys go, do share, we'd love to see and hear about your experience!

Some very talented designers who exhibited and some that we met:

Noga Aberman, Four Steps Program (the changing shoe), Tzela Pressman, Yana Pokrasov, FrogAspect, Oren Rootman Benga Rabbit Ltd, Osnat Har-Noy, Shani Imelda, Liran Shemesh Basta Collection.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lanvin Fall Winter 2012 Commercial

We stumbled on the Lanvin Fall Winter 2012 Commercial, an amusing fashion viral campaign. Lanvin fashion brand, is the house of Alber Elbaz, the famous and talented Israeli fashion designer. We love the concept and think it’s a cool humorous approach to spread the word about the new winter collection!