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New Olds at Israeli Design Museum

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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works by over sixty Israeli and international designers who straddle tradition and innovation, drawing inspiration from historical references and symbols ranging from cuckoo clocks and deer antlers to traditional porcelain and Baroque objects.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.

Happy Material by Pini Leibovich. "The Happy Material chair made from thousands of balloons channels a Campana…
Mono Thone by Martino Gamper. "Gamper sees his designs as a chance to create ‘three-dimensional sketchbooks’, a set of…
Golden Age by Meirav Peled Barzilay. "Inspired by the loss of skin elasticity in old age, the ceramic vases are first…
Fixie Lamp by DAG Designlab. "The Fixie Lamp Series is a collection of four LED based lamps made of a flexible material…
Werkstadt-Kabinett by Studio Makkink & Bey. "The title of this work alone promises something new. The piece diminishes…
Blow Away Vase by Front. "This classic Royal Blue Delft porcelain vase has experienced something truly bizarre: it has…
Raw 001 by Haim Parnas. "The object is made of a white wood beam that was used by Israel Railway workers and then…
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Custom Made Chair by Karen Ryan. "Made from salvaged furniture pieces, each chair is a completely unique work of art.…
Rope Bench by Yoav Reches. "This plywood bench has been constructed using only rope tension. The system, which features…
Secrets D-6 by Arik Ben Shimhon. "This modular storage unit was created following efforts to develop pieces of…
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.…
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