NYCxDesign 2013: Bezalel on Tour

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem is a school that’s been around for over 100 years and their top-notch students have been ahead of the curve when it comes to producing the best of Israeli art and design. They’ve curated a touring exhibition that presents a vast range of projects from their recent graduates and emerging artists and so far it’s been on display in major cities around the world for the last couple of years. We took a peek during NYCxDesign and here is a look at some of our favorites.


RAWtation by Adi Zaffran Weisler, 2010
Polyethylene, citrus branches, woodworm-afflicted trunk, prickly burnet shrub
Technique: rotational plastic molding
The objective was to show the fusion of organic and the industrial by using industrial processes like rotational molding and using raw organic elements in the process.


RAWtation by Adi Zaffran Weisler, 2010


RAWtation by Adi Zaffran Weisler, 2010


Footprints by Galit Begas, 2009
Heat-formed plastic
An experimental project where a shoe collection is produced out of used plastic bags. Each pair is flexible and completely unique.


Footprints by Galit Begas, 2009


Identity by Sovar Lerner, 2012
Computer software SolidWorks, 3D printing, molding cast, handwork
This project shows a fusion of different cultures in Israel through their variety of teapots, like the classical, kibbutz, Arabic, and Ethiopian.


Identity by Sovar Lerner, 2012


Femme Fractal by Gil Nahmany, 2011
Mold casting, hand-building, glazing
Fractals from everyday life become new again when they are used in a regular, repetitive way.


Femme Fractal by Gil Nahmany, 2011


Femme Fractal by Gil Nahmany, 2011


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Dafna Amar, 2010
Various shoe leathers, press studs
Techniques: sewing, stretching, & gluing
An investigation on the basic shape of shoes, searching for boundaries as a functional, wearable object, while at the same time they’re a changing static-dynamic object.


Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Dafna Amar, 2010


Out of Nothing by Ruth Biton, 2012
Polished brass, copper, gold
Techniques: varnishing wax, electroforming, coating
The project takes a look at the negative and positive spaces created by the various positions of hands.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.