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Design Israel: the Israeli design scene comes of age

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 05.07.2010 - Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Detail of the Design Museum Holon, designed by Ron Arad; photo Yael Pincus

The completion of Ron Arad’s small-scale masterpiece that is Israel’s new Design Museum Holon signals a kind of design coming-of-age for the country. With its current design scene set to grow even further, Architonic talks to a number of established and emerging Israeli designers, curators and educators about the significance of Israeli design and where it’s heading…

The Design Museum Holon, designed by Ron Arad; photo Yael Pincus

Israel. It’s fair to say that the mere mention of the country can often evoke a strong response in people, whatever their political persuasion. One thing the world isn’t short of is opinions on the state of affairs in the eastern Mediterranean. What is in short supply, it often seems (and regardless of your take on the situation), is the real possibility of change in the region, which might bring about a viable, long-term political stability.

'DeFocus' armchair by Ezri Tarazi, made of old Israeli roads signs on which the word 'Jerusalem' appears in three languages

If we view design in terms of a constructive force, one that works to improve our lives, even on the most prosaic of levels, one that effects change, then the recent emergence of a convincing Israeli design scene – both in terms of designers practising at home and those working abroad – is a welcome development. With the small, but striking, Ron Arad-designed Design Museum Holon opening its doors a couple of months ago, signalling to local and international audiences alike Israel’s serious engagement with design, there’s never been a better time to look at how the Israeli creative community is putting their country on the global design map.

'West Bank Barrier' from Ron From's 'Goods from Israel' chocolate collection



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