Stanley Saitowitz's Judaica
The South African-born, San Francisco-based architect Stanley Saitowitz is no stranger to the intersection of Judaism and design. His firm, Natoma Architects Inc., is responsible for synagogues in San Francisco and La Jolla, California, as well as the New England Holocaust Memorial on Boston's Freedom Trail. His latest work in this rich vein is a collection of ritual objects now on view at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. "Stanley Saitowitz: Judaica" runs through October 2012 and shows the architect stripping away centuries of accreted ornamentation, filigree, and schmaltz from 13 objects of Jewish worship. "These objects are the instruments of ritual and I designed them to be stripped of sentiment, which I don't believe provides much comfort anyway." Check out the collection and do make it to the show if you pass through San Francisco.
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"In Judaica shops you can occasionally find a nice menorah or pair of candlesticks, but there isn't a body of these objects that represents contemporary thought and certainly not contemporary design," says designer Stanley Saitowitz. "I looked pretty broadly at what was available on the market, and not finding anything beyond a nice matzah plate here or there lead me to the conclusiuon that I'd have to make them." Enter now to take home a pair of Saitowitz's candlesticks, which were featured in our May 2012 issue and in an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
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