Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tesler + Mendelovitch

I'm always in awe of clever, innovative product designers and their ability to think so far out of the box and reimagine basic materials in a whole new way. A little while back I discovered the work of Israeli designers Orli Tesler and Itamar Mendelovitch who live and work in Tel Aviv. They originally met in design school and collaborated on several projects together. In their second year, they 'accidentally' discovered a way to make wood flexible and began to see it and work with it as a textile. They eventually created their own series of furniture entitled 'Diamond Woods' featuring lightweight coffee tables and stools from their original wood textiles. 

 "We are inspired by the minimalism of clean lines and precision, but we also like the idea of creating soft materials from hard, and hard materials from soft... Everything we do is handmade, from the wood that we select (looking for that perfect grain) to the cutting and the final polish. We work slowly and meticulously to make sure that every item gets a personal touch."

I love the simplicity yet intricate detail of their beautiful wood clutches, which can be purchased at their site and in their Etsy shop.

Learn a little more about these talented artists and their work process here.

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