Monday, October 31, 2011

Global Sustainability Jam in Tel-Aviv 2!

This weekend a Global Sustainability Jam took place in over 6 continents and 42 cities, including Tel-Aviv, Israel. The jam brought together passionate people in various fields of interest, joining together to brainstorm and create brand-new real-world ideas that can better the planet!

The design-based jam was not about talking it was about doing. Participants bounced ideas off one another and built on whatever bounced back, eventually turning their ideas into concrete designs, objects, projects, and action plans to be further developed in the future. Seems like they also had lots of fun too!
This energetic dedicated weekend brought on some great ideas but most importantly furthered the awareness for more sustainable design, products, ideas, initiatives and creative thinking to better the world we live in!Great initiative, great work guys!

In Tel-Aviv there were about 28 participants working together in 4 different groups. See the output of one creative team and pictures from the TLV jam:

For more pictures and partcipants visit the TLV Sustainabilty Jam facebook page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Culturally Designed

Michael Tsinzovsky is an Israeli industrial designer who dares to challenge sensitive and complex issues like politics, culture and ethnicity through his design and technique. For example, The Little Night Lamp was created from a bomb shelter light switch as a gesture to the citizens of Sderot, Israel who have been living under siege for years. Other examples, are less provocative, however still ignite question and thought into how we define and express Israeli culture and design.

For his graduation thesis at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, in Jerusalem, Michael Tsinzovsky plays with local icons, crafts and materials, attempting to catch the essence of Israeli design. Michael draws on the traditional German wood and carpentry techniques immigrants brought to Israel after World War II, acknowledges and uses influences from Islamic art, patterns and ornaments, while wisely utilizing contemporary production methods developed in the Israeli high-tech manufacturing industry. These mixed styles intertwined create a variety of distinctive furniture prototypes in which East meets West and old meets new, successfully capturing the soul of Israeli design.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Celebrating with Free Gifts!

Hi everybody! DZion is giving away a free gift for the holiday! The Eco-friendly 2D Vase, designed by the Israeli designer Limor Yaron, is made of wood and reuses small plastic bottles you have at home to place flowers that need water. The vase arrives flat, in 2d, and can be easily assembled into a smart ecological 3d vase. For more about the product visit our site
To enter the raffle simply Like or Comment the competition post on Facebook, here. The winner will be announced next Thursday 27, 2011, 20:00. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Materia goes 3D Printing

For inspiring creative professionals out there, Materia, one of the leading material libraries in the world, has initiated an international 3D Jewellery Competition, “Materia goes 3D Printing”. Winners are selected on the basis of innovation and aesthetics in their design and creative use of the 3D technology. Winning projects will be 3D printed and exhibited in the Materia Inspiration Centre. On top of this, winners are rewarded with prize money, ranging from Eu 500 for the best project, Eu 300 and Eu 100 for 3rd place. For more information, download this pdf or visit the Materia site

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bezalel MA Industrial Design Corrections

The annual theme "Tikun", "Correction" or "Under Repair", emerged from the shared notion of the Bezalel faculty of the Master of Industrial Design "About Design" Program, as an idea that continuously echoes in our time. Examining the term in depth, Tikun Olam as a Jewish – Kabalistic concept, restoration as artistic repair, technological mechanisms of damage and repair, design in a repairing context and social repair, brought on very profound projects developed throughout the year. 

Three projects specifically intrigued us, the works of Evgeniya Tseitlin "False Identity", Noa Zilberman "Wrinkles Jewelry" and Liran Elbaz "Writing Erasing Pen".

False Identity by Evgeniya Tseitlin begins with a personal investigation of childhood memories and experiences in Russia. Evgeniya arrivies at the "Babushka" a distinct visual symbol of Russian culture and a part of her own personal story, and under the contest of "Under Repair", she utilizes the attributes of the doll to bridge between her identity without relinquishing the layers of the past. The sophisticated mobile coffee kit that has emerged out her journey, embracing her love and enjoyment of the Israeli ritual for picnics and coffee in the outdoors, combined with characteristics of the symbolic "Babushka" of her past: dismantling, assembly and containment.
Wrinkles Jewelry by  Noa Zilberman examines the aging process of the human face. Noa created a series of "Wrinkles Masks", jewelry for the face, neck and decollate, which stresses the questions of repair and impair, the blurring lines between beauty and ugliness and the function of the object as jewelry. 

Liran Elbaz observes the way of Chinese Daoism, allowing for everything to follow its own path and place in the world, Liran creates the Writing Erasing Pen, emphasizing the desire for the Chinese "inaction": doing without interfering, repairing without impairing.  
Brilliant projects that raise questions and ignite thought, we very much appreciated the Bezalel graduate exhibition this year, recommend visiting, opened until Sat. Oct 15th.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Unique Sukkot Decor

Something different for the holiday…design and create unique lanterns for your Sukka this year! Thanks to Ruffled for the great idea, using only balloons, glue and twine, below are instructions on how to easily make these beautiful decorations for special occasions. Enjoy and Chag Sameach!

1. Inflate the balloon to a medium size so the shape is a little rounder.
2. If you’re looking to make a lampshade out of the string chandelier, use a sharpie to mark around the knot on the balloon.
3. Before you start working, we recommend using a tarp.
4. Mix corn starch, glue and warm water together until it has a smooth texture.
5. Smear the vaseline all over your balloon until it is completely coated so th twine wet with glue won’t stick on the balloon after dry.
6. You can start a little assembly line with friends by one of you feeding the yarn through the glue mix and giving to another person to wrap it around the balloon.
7. Start wrapping the balloon vertically, slowly changing to wrapping. For a seamless look, tuck the ends of the twine under one of the wrapped strings.
8. Wait 24 hours until the balloon has completely dried before popping the balloon.
9. Spray the string chandeliers with clear fast drying spray paint et voila!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

“How much sugar?”

“Two Sugars” designed by Stav Axenfeld, a graduate of the Department of Visual Communications Design at the Holon Institute of Technology. Stav’s “sweet” design - a sugar cube in the shape of Roman numerals- was exhibited at the Designboom Mart at Designers Week in Tokyo last year. Smart and humorous, challenging the most common question, “how much sugar?” J We love the idea and wonder is he is selling?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Promising Designers of Jerusalem

Yesterday we visited “Designers in the City” of Jerusalem. Just recently opened, “Designers in the City” hub is situated in the back area of the “Gallery – Café Boutique” in 7 Bazalel St. (walking proximity from the market) and is home to 20 selected talented Israeli designers.

Established by the Design Center in the Jerusalem Development Authority, by means if the “Ariel Municipal Company Ltd.”, the initiative is dedicated to the growth of Israeli design and designers, encouraging designers to personally develop and find the best direction fit for their success. To us, the idea that designers not only sell their products but also work and create their art in public is what makes these designated areas so unique: a window view into the craftsmanship and creative work of contemporary Israeli artists today.

We recommend visiting this creative fresh spot soon!
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur. : 10:00-14:00, 16:00-19:00
Tues., Fri : 10:00-14:00