Top 10 Up and Coming Israeli Designers

This is a special guest post by Einat Kayless Argaman of DesignBreak.

Hila Lantner

Hi there Design Milk lovers. My name is Einat and I’m the gal behind DesignBreak, a daily design blog celebrating the design scene in Israel and beyond. A little about me – I’m a web designer, a NYC junkie, a shopaholic (on hold) and most important I breathe design 24/7. I spent the last few weeks running around graduate shows in Israel and I’m excited to share with you my top ten favorite projects in no particular order.

1. Heartbeats by Ayala Sol-Fridman (Ceramic & Glass Design Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design)
Ayala set out to capture the endless urban noise. Her monotonic technique of cutting and pasting slim and colorful porcelain strips one by one managed to freeze a living, breathing moment of city life. The amazing thing is the contradiction between the noise and how calming it can be.
Photos by Sasha Flit.

2. Backbone by Avital Porat (Jewelry Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
A series of cloth made out of metallic skeleton and textile skin. All I could think about were delicate sea creatures. Can’t you imagine these being the setting for a mermaid fairy tale? But seriously, Avital imitated the system that makes buildings the way they are. They are all made out of internal skeleton and outer shell that grows around each other.
Photos by Ran Plotnizky.

3. Mandala by Naama Paul (Ceramic & Glass Design Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design)
When I entered the room full of these colorful wheels it raised a lot of question regarding the madness behind it all ;) It almost felt like a ball of bowls. Naama named her project Mandala after the Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” The act of creating a sea of bowls with the potter’s wheel gives new meaning to the role of obsession with repetition, pattern and accumulation. Oh… and I didn’t even mention the color combinations. So calming!
Photos by Sasha Flit.

4. Green House Effect by Renana Karvas (Fashion Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
You can’t get any greener than Renana’s drop dead gorgeous eco collection. The best part of it is the fact that she developed the cleverest textile yet! “A textile that must be watered and nurtured; a textile which is comprised of both organic fabric and the moss plant that grows on the fabric and becomes a part of it.”
Oh and listen to this: “even the versatile colors and tastes of this collection were achieved by using only natural herbs and spices…”
Photos by Ron Kedmi.

5. Mass Construction by Benita Dekel (Jewelry Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
You can almost sense Betina’s hands carving their way through concrete. The raw feeling of it takes me to the land of scaffolding and builders.
Photos by Ran Plotnizky.

6. Transitions by Hila Lantner (Costumes and Props Design Department, Kibbutzim College of Education)
Neck pieces made out of industrial pipes inspired by human blood vessels. These show stoppers are bigger than life. Could you make it work?
Photos by Dror Ben Naftaly.

7. Copy Place by Rotem Fishler (Jewelry Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
This silicone based jewelry really gives me the chills. Rotem challenges the common perception of jewelry by capturing a true feeling of abandonment and destruction.
Photos by Ran Plotnizky,

8. Twigs by Michal Noyman (Jewelry Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
I wonder how much trial and error it took Michal to achieve this brilliant outcome. Her Twigs project is a crossbreeding of different materials like brass, clay, metal, pearls, enamel and glass. If you take a closer look, you’ll be able to see these materials playing around with one another.
Photos by Ran Plotnizky.

9. Drawn Lace by Adi Ofri (Textile Design Department, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design)
Textile design is one of these fields that I’m most drawn to these days and especially after seeing all the amazing talent this year. When I first laid my eyes on Adi’s bluish surfaces it felt like a day on the beach but oh boy was I wrong. Adi created her own version of sketched nylon textile and you can almost feel her hand dancing and sketching its way through this magical new fabric.

10. Alice by Rachel Boxnboim (Ceramic & Glass Design Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design)
In Rachel’s tea party there’s no room for standard teapots and cups. It all began with a decision to saw a kettle. Rachel took the measurements from her mother’s old tea kettle and when she finished sawing she had a mould. How smart is that?! Name one who wouldn’t want to participate in this pastelylish party!
Photos by Oded Antman.

Well, that’s it for me. Thank you Jaime for having me here at your stylish dairy and letting me spread the love for Israeli design. I hope you enjoyed my DesignBreak.

Sending a sunny smile from Israel,

Thanks Einat! Other Israeli designers we’ve featured on Design Milk that you should take note of are Sivan Royz, David Keller, and Noa Dotan.