written by:
May 13, 2011

There's an interesting new museum in Israel, just south of Tel Aviv, with a corkscrewing exterior of rust-red Cor-Ten steel: Design Museum Holon, designed by Ron Arad. Their forthcoming exhibition is especially compelling. "New Olds: Design Between Tradition and Innovation" will run May 26 through September 10, curated by Volker Albus in collaboration with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. The wide-ranging show spotlights works by over sixty Israeli and international designers who straddle tradition and innovation, drawing inspiration from historical references and symbols ranging from cuckoo clocks and deer antlers to traditional porcelain and Baroque objects. Maarten Baas, for example, has reinterpreted the mundane white plastic garden chair, melding it with a hand-carved wooden chair; Frank Willems bends and twists mattresses to form chairs and stools. If you happen to be in Israel over the next few months, check it out—especially if you can visit during one of the accompanying lectures, given by international designers and 18 up-and-coming and established Israeli designers. Here's a peek at what's on view, along with some commentary on each piece by Albus and Galit Gaon, the chief curator of the museum.

<i>Happy Material</i> by Pini Leibovich. "The Happy Material chair made from thousands of balloons channels a Campana Brothers' aesthetic with its nod to surrealism and furniture-as-art."<br /><br />Photography by Dorit Talpaz.
Happy Material by Pini Leibovich. "The Happy Material chair made from thousands of balloons channels a Campana Brothers' aesthetic with its nod to surrealism and furniture-as-art."Photography by Dorit Talpaz.
1 / 12
<i>Mono Thone</i> by Martino Gamper. "Gamper sees his designs as a chance to create ‘three-dimensional sketchbooks’, a set of playful yet thought-provoking designs that, due to the time constraint, are put together with a minimum of analysis but possibly
Mono Thone by Martino Gamper. "Gamper sees his designs as a chance to create ‘three-dimensional sketchbooks’, a set of playful yet thought-provoking designs that, due to the time constraint, are put together with a minimum of analysis but possibly creating one or more designs that might be suitable for mass production. The designer hopes his chairs illustrate and celebrate the geographical, historical and human resonance of design: what can they tell us about London, the sociological context of seating from different areas, and the people who owned each one? The stories behind the chairs are as important as their style or even their function."Photography by Anna Arca.
2 / 12
<i>Golden Age</i> by Meirav Peled Barzilay. "Inspired by the loss of skin elasticity in old age, the ceramic vases are first created in slip cast molds and are then manipulated manually. This results in vases which are very similar but never identical. Th
Golden Age by Meirav Peled Barzilay. "Inspired by the loss of skin elasticity in old age, the ceramic vases are first created in slip cast molds and are then manipulated manually. This results in vases which are very similar but never identical. The form of the vases resembles sagging skin in old age; they are decorated by two different but complementing prints."Photo by Naama Rona.
3 / 12
<i>Fixie Lamp</i> by DAG Designlab. "The Fixie Lamp Series is a collection of four LED based lamps made of a flexible material which makes them playful, and offers the users a variety of postures and adjustments."<br /><br />Photo by Inbal Marmari.
Fixie Lamp by DAG Designlab. "The Fixie Lamp Series is a collection of four LED based lamps made of a flexible material which makes them playful, and offers the users a variety of postures and adjustments."Photo by Inbal Marmari.
4 / 12
<i>Werkstadt-Kabinett</i> by Studio Makkink & Bey. "The title of this work alone promises something new. The piece diminishes the very precise bipolar sense of location where one works, proving that the only thing that matters is the technical equipment.
Werkstadt-Kabinett by Studio Makkink & Bey. "The title of this work alone promises something new. The piece diminishes the very precise bipolar sense of location where one works, proving that the only thing that matters is the technical equipment. If you have that, all you need in order to open up a workshop or an office in the city is a place to sit and put down the computer."Photo by Frank Kleinbach.
5 / 12
<i>Blow Away Vase</i> by Front.  "This classic Royal Blue Delft porcelain vase has experienced something truly bizarre: it has been blown aside by a powerful gush of wind. The wind motion has become part of its features and the beauty of the vase lies in
Blow Away Vase by Front. "This classic Royal Blue Delft porcelain vase has experienced something truly bizarre: it has been blown aside by a powerful gush of wind. The wind motion has become part of its features and the beauty of the vase lies in the fact that it is bent but not defeated."Photo by Maarten van Houten.
6 / 12
<i>Raw 001</i> by Haim Parnas. "The object is made of a white wood beam that was used by Israel Railway workers and then discarded. The legs of the piece and the mast are made of cypress branches found in the forest. The connector is a tree branch inserte
Raw 001 by Haim Parnas. "The object is made of a white wood beam that was used by Israel Railway workers and then discarded. The legs of the piece and the mast are made of cypress branches found in the forest. The connector is a tree branch inserted into a simple cylindrical cavity made with a hand drill. The parts are connected by means of pressure, without glue, and the whole piece is coated in beeswax. The rubber pads on the legs were cut out of a tire. The tracks left by worms are just as important as the marks of the saw, the axe, and other tools, and even after it has been finished the object perpetuates the fact that it is still a raw material given to change."Photo by Shay Halevi.
Courtesy of 
SHAI HALEVI@
7 / 12
<i>Plus de Madam Rubens</i> by Frank Willems. "After bending, twisting and folding mattresses into quirky shapes, Willems then sprays them with a water-resistant foam coating and then paints it."<br /><br />Photo by Serge Hagemeier.
Plus de Madam Rubens by Frank Willems. "After bending, twisting and folding mattresses into quirky shapes, Willems then sprays them with a water-resistant foam coating and then paints it."Photo by Serge Hagemeier.
8 / 12
<i>Custom Made Chair</i> by Karen Ryan. "Made from salvaged furniture pieces, each chair is a completely unique work of art. It is as much an exploration of consumption and disposability as a practical, functional seat."
Custom Made Chair by Karen Ryan. "Made from salvaged furniture pieces, each chair is a completely unique work of art. It is as much an exploration of consumption and disposability as a practical, functional seat."
9 / 12
<i>Rope Bench</i> by Yoav Reches. "This plywood bench has been constructed using only rope tension. The system, which features the rope embedded directly in the plywood, can either lie flat or be realised into a complete seating unit."
Rope Bench by Yoav Reches. "This plywood bench has been constructed using only rope tension. The system, which features the rope embedded directly in the plywood, can either lie flat or be realised into a complete seating unit."
10 / 12
<i>Secrets D-6</i> by Arik Ben Shimhon. "This modular storage unit was created following efforts to develop pieces of furniture that encourage people to hide secrets in them. It is composed of drawers that are mounted one on top of the other, and the numb
Secrets D-6 by Arik Ben Shimhon. "This modular storage unit was created following efforts to develop pieces of furniture that encourage people to hide secrets in them. It is composed of drawers that are mounted one on top of the other, and the number of drawers can vary according to the function or need. The drawers revolve independently, allowing the owner to deliberately show or hide the handles—revealing or hiding the access to their secrets."Photo by Ori Ackerman.
11 / 12
<i>Mesh</i> by Tal Gur. "Mesh is a web of metal wires that lie over a base of curved iron rods—a spider web of sorts. Polyurethane plastic bags have been twisted over the structure by heating and welding. The chair creates a sense of naturalness and organ
Mesh by Tal Gur. "Mesh is a web of metal wires that lie over a base of curved iron rods—a spider web of sorts. Polyurethane plastic bags have been twisted over the structure by heating and welding. The chair creates a sense of naturalness and organic form that has undergone contemporary adaptation and interpretation."Photo by Ohad Matalon.

Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

12 / 12
<i>Happy Material</i> by Pini Leibovich. "The Happy Material chair made from thousands of balloons channels a Campana Brothers' aesthetic with its nod to surrealism and furniture-as-art."<br /><br />Photography by Dorit Talpaz.
Happy Material by Pini Leibovich. "The Happy Material chair made from thousands of balloons channels a Campana Brothers' aesthetic with its nod to surrealism and furniture-as-art."Photography by Dorit Talpaz.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

Chalet in the French alps
An innovative glass addition adds contrast to a timber mountain lodge in France.
February 11, 2016
Aumas' assorted collectables.
Bright colors and vintage furniture are abound in these French homes.
February 11, 2016
Kogan designed a number of the built-in furnishings, including the headboard and cupboard in the master bedroom.The cupboard is deliberately reminiscent of a mid-century stereo speaker. The vintage lounge chairs are by Percival Lafer.
Need to relax? Make your bedroom an oasis from the rest of the house.
February 11, 2016
Modern Florida seaside home with corian island, dornbracht faucet, cees braakman combex chairs and marble knoll table in the kitchen
Read more about Knoll's impressive career here, but in the meantime, explore just a few of her works in these contemporary homes.
February 11, 2016
Modern small box home in Mexico
Letting the warm climate indoors is a common thread through these diverse dwellings.
February 11, 2016
Modern white cabinets under the stairs with skylight above
What could be better than a modest-sized house in a quaintly historic city?
February 11, 2016
dining room lighting
These renovations connect rustic, classic, and modern design in Italy.
February 10, 2016
12362509 211441865858796 1743381178 n1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.
February 10, 2016
modern outdoor garden room plastic polycarbonate
From colorful living rooms to a backyard retreat, Belgian designers reimagine vernacular forms and materials for the modern world.
February 10, 2016
Tel Aviv kitchen with custom dining table and Smeg fridge
Would you go for an out-of-the-box palette for your major appliances? See how these kitchens tackle the trend.
February 10, 2016
Exhibition view, of Klaus Wittkugel works at P! gallery, New York
On view through February 21 at New York's P! gallery, a new show explores the politics of Cold War-era graphic design with a presentation of works by Klaus Wittkugel—East Germany's most prolific graphic designer. Curator Prem Krishnamurthy walks us through the highlights.
February 10, 2016
Reclaimed cedar and gray-stucco home outside San Francisco.
The new kid on the block in a predominantly Eichler neighborhood, this Menlo Park home breaks the mold and divides into three pavilions connected by breezeways.
February 10, 2016
A third floor addition and whole-house renovation modernized a funky cottage on an unusual, triple-wide lot in San Francisco.
From modern interiors hidden within historic structures to unabashedly modern dwellings, these seven renovations take totally different approaches to San Francisco's historic building stock.
February 10, 2016
Delphi sofa from Erik Jørgensen and gyrofocus fireplace in living room of Villa Le Trident in the French Riviera, renovated by 4a Architekten.
The Aegean's all-white architecture famously helped inspire Le Corbusier; these five dwellings continue in that proud modern tradition (though not all are as minimalist).
February 10, 2016
San Francisco dining room with chandelier and Eames shell chairs
Brooklyn-based RBW's work—from diminutive sconces to large floor lamps—shape these five interiors.
February 09, 2016
Glass-fronted converted garage in Washington
These garages go behind parking cars and storing your drum sets.
February 09, 2016
Modern Texas home office with sliding walls, behr black chalkboard paint, concrete walls, and white oak flooring
From appropriated nooks to glass-encased rooms, each of these modern offices works a unique angle.
February 09, 2016
picnic-style table in renovated San Francisco house
From chandeliers to pendants, these designs make the dining room the most entertaining space in the house.
February 09, 2016
Midcentury house in Portland with iron colored facade and gold front door
From preserved masterworks to carefully updated time capsules, these homes have one thing in common (other than a healthy appreciation for everything Eames): the conviction that the '40s, '50s, and '60s were the most outstanding moments in American architecture.
February 09, 2016
Modern living room with furniture designed by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
These oases by the sea, many done up in white, make stunning escapes.
February 08, 2016
A Philippe Starck standing lamp and an Eames chaise longue bracket the living room; two Lawrence Weiner prints hang behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs and a table purchased from a River Oaks estate sale; at far left of the room, a partial wall of new
Texas might have a big reputation, but these homes show the variety of shapes and sizes in the Lone Star State.
February 08, 2016
Montigo gas-burning fireplace in spacious living room.
Built atop the foundation of a flood-damaged home, this 3,000-square-foot Maryland home features vibrant furniture placed in front of stunning views of a nearby estuary.
February 08, 2016
Studio addition in Seattle
An architect couple sets out to transform a run-down property.
February 08, 2016
West Elm coffee table, custom Joybird sofa, and matching Jens Risom chairs in living room of Westchester renovation by Khanna Shultz.
Every Monday, @dwell and @designmilk invite fans and experts on Twitter to weigh in on trending topics in design.
February 08, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment living room vertical oak slats
For the modernists among us, these spare spaces are a dream come true.
February 08, 2016
The square fountain at the courtyard's center is a modern rendition of a very traditional feature in many Middle Eastern homes.
From a large gathering space for family or a tranquil sanctuary, these seven designs feature some very different takes on the ancient idea of a courtyard.
February 08, 2016
stdaluminum 021
Since windows and doors are such important aspects of your home, it’s always a good idea to take the time to evaluate how they fit within the lifestyle you want. Whether you’re in the middle of constructing a new home, or you’re considering replacing your current setup, there are multiple elements to consider when it comes time to make the final decisions. Milgard® Windows & Doors understands how vital these choices are to the well-being of your home and has developed ways to turn the process into a journey that can be just as enjoyable as it is fulfilling. Not sure where to start? We gathered some helpful insights from their team of experts to help us better understand what goes into the process of bringing your vision to life.
February 08, 2016
modern fire resistant green boulder loewen windows south facade triple planed low-e glass
These houses in Broncos Country prove modern design is alive in the Rocky Mountains.
February 08, 2016
french evolution paris daniel rozensztroch living area eames la chaise butterfly chair moroccan berber rug
A tastemaker brings his distinct vision to an industrial loft with a centuries-old pedigree.
February 07, 2016
senses touch products
The haptic impact can’t be underplayed. The tactility of a material—its temperature, its texture­—can make the difference between pleasure and discontent.
February 07, 2016