Design · Photography · Tel Aviv · Travel guide

A design lover’s guide to Tel Aviv – Vogue Magazine

A Design Lover’s Guide to Tel Aviv

Amid the abundance of hummus and pita, notorious nightlife, and booming startup culture, there is a design scene in Tel Aviv that cannot be overlooked. The city—architecturally known to house the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings—is full of creatives who make everything from handcrafted wooden furniture that wouldn’t feel out of place in Brooklyn to modern innovative lighting and traditional ceramic crafts. Neighborhoods like Noga and Florentin are buzzing with art and design galleries, such as the recently opened SAGA, whose space outside the Jaffa Flea Market houses the work of an all-star lineup of young Israeli design talent. Supplement visits to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Bauhaus Center, and Design Museum Holon with stops (or stays) at these 10 local spots, which will satisfy any design lover’s creative eye.

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Shop: Craft & Bloom
Nachum Goldman Street 3, Tel Aviv-YafoNestled across the street from the beach in Jaffa, this garden-meets-gallery-meets-workshop space is buzzing with über-cool craftspeople and artists. It’s a place to be creative, get inspired to grow your own succulent garden, and try out a DIY workshop like shibori dyeing or silk-screening.

Photo: Sarale Gur Lavy
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Shop: SAGA
4 Rabbi Pinchas Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo (near Jaffa Flea Market)This new gallery showcases young Israeli contemporary design talent. Of particular note is Hilla Shamia’s wood casting furniture collection, which features tables made from aluminum castings on wood.

Photo: Courtesy of Saga / סאגה- צילום איתי בנית
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Shop: Sharon Brunsher
Ami’ad Street 13, Tel Aviv-YafoHere you’ll find beautiful monochromatic stationery and notebooks mixed in with home accents like brass bowls and simple stemware.

Photo: Rebecca Stadlen
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Shop: Jaffa Flea Market

Situated in southern Tel Aviv, this is where you can browse traditional Middle Eastern ceramics and textiles alongside a trove of handmade items and antiques. You’ll work up an appetite weaving through the endless rows of vendors, so afterward head to Abu Hassan for the best hummus in Jaffa.

Photo: Courtesy of Dylan Raiman / @dylanraiman
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Shop: 8 in Jaffa
Rabbi Pinhas Street 13, Tel Aviv-Yafo (near Jaffa Flea Market)8 in Jaffa is located in the flea market: Ten contemporary Israeli artists showcase their work here as part of a ceramics cooperative. It’s fun to see more modern styles juxtaposed with the traditional Middle Eastern pottery found in the markets.

Photo: Rebecca Stadlen
guy yanai last splash
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View: Guy Yanai at Alon Segev Gallery
Rothschild Boulevard 6, Tel Aviv-YafoOn view currently is a group show, “Words Without Letters,” curated and featuring work by young Israeli artist Guy Yanai. If his pixelated, colorful, Hockney-esque style looks familiar, it’s because Yanai’s work served as inspiration for Band of Outsiders’ 2014 Resort collection, with several pieces incorporating elements of his paintings.

Photo: Guy Yanai, Last Splash, 2015
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Stay: Brown Beach House
Ha’Yarkon Street 64, Tel Aviv-YafoThe vibe here is Art Deco–meets–beachside bungalow. The sunny yellow furniture and balconies filled with modern lounges and Acapulco chairs are perfect for viewing Tel Avivian sunsets over the sea.

Photo: Assaf Pinchuk
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Stay: The Norman
Nachmani Street 23-25, Tel Aviv-YafoThis boutique hotel is made up of two historic pastel-hued 1920s buildings separated by a hidden citrus garden. From the rooftop infinity pool you can enjoy views of the beautiful Bauhaus buildings that make up the surrounding neighborhood. The Japanese tapas restaurant, Dinings, on the third floor is also not to be missed.

Photo: Sivan Askayo
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Eat: Dalida
Zevulun Street 7, Tel Aviv-YafoLocal interior designer Roni Keren designed this trendy European-style outpost in the artsy neighborhood of Florentin. Be prepared for amazing food and “chasers” (shots) with the staff. Be sure to order the zucchini cream, served with grilled artichokes and croutons.

Photo: Courtesy of Dalida
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Eat: Sarona Market
Kalman Magen Street 3, Tel Aviv-YafoThis is like the Chelsea Market of Tel Aviv. Located near the popular Azrieli shopping center, the indoor marketplace has everything from a ramen bar to pastry café, fruit stands, cheese shops, and traditional boreka vendors. Arrive hungry!

Photo: Courtesy of Sarona Marketvogue

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Antwerp

Young & Promising

Last week more than 70 young creatives from Belgium and the Netherlands perched in Antwerp to display their work. “De Invasie” (tr. The Invasion) wants to create opportunities for young designers. This platform organises events and offers spaces for exposition and work and plays an important link between designers and companies. Visit the website, because it offers a complete online shop of all the creatives that participated!

Here are some of my favorites:

Veil and reveal – graduation collection by Vanbrit:

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Titi & The German Kid: (fell in love with the tigersweater!!)DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPENmodo-furniture by Xavier Coenen:Xavier Coenen momodul0-1

Jewelry by Karen Kennis:DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPEN2

Retro pictures in Photomatique:photomatique

Best collection ever !! Daphny Raes:DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPEN3

Leather carpets by Lio de Bruin:leatherneedlewor

Cute prints and postcards by BonBon Bazar:  il_570xN.443334892_pjn0

Amazing work! Jef Claes Photography: DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPEN6

I WANT THAT RING! Lore Van Keer:DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPEN5

Practical & stylish camera bag. Deruwe: Cameratas met uitneembare beschermingselementen en lensrol (2)

Skate-furniture by Bruthaus:Bruthaus

Geo-jewelry by Danielle Vroemen:DE INVASIE VAN ANTWERPEN4

Antwerp · Travel guide

Josephine’s Treasure Map to Antwerp (1)

When you travel and you don’t really have a clue what to expect or where to go (or you only have a copy of just another typical travel guide), you can easily get stuck in tourist traps and mainstream shops. But all we really want is to get to know and experience a city like a local. That’s why i thought it was a good idea to share my Treasure Map: some of the shops and bars/restaurants in Antwerp i like to spend time at. Since there are a lot of these places and so little space to write about them in one article, I’ve decided to go all Peter Jackson on my script and turn it into a Travel Trilogy. This is the first part.

A SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN ANTWERPNo one ever started a successful treasure hunt on an empty stomach!” (I’m pretty sure some pirate somewhere must have said this a long time ago), so let’s start with brunch. I must admit I like to eat a lot of junk and take-away, but my Saturday/Sunday-brunch has to be healthy. That’s why I prefer going to De Biologisch-Dynamische Bakkerij (1). The menu offers organic and vegetarian (sorry meat-freaks) salads, burgers, granola, walnut cake, speculoos, homemade lasagna and everyday another fresh homemade soup. These are but a few things the Biologische Bakkerij has to offer. Want more? Take home one the many sorts of bread (made of sunflower seeds, Tibetan barley, whole-wheat bread, …) or one of the many varieties of artisan cakes.

(c) Sien Josephine(1) De Biologisch Dynamische Bakkerij – Volkstraat 17 – 2000 Antwerp

Onward to the shopping streets, even though winter sales are still on display. When I was in University i used to work in a store for years; I must have created an aversion for anything that has to do with the word “Sale”. Still, there are some boutiques in Antwerp that don’t attract sales-crazy people and in which I can look around and try on things without putting my life in danger. At Fresh15 (2) for example, you can find the beautiful brands of Sessun, IRO, Humanoid and on some Saturdays you can also find the beautiful Merrymaker Ruth van Soom in this store. (By the way Fresh15 has another store Fresh34 which you can find across the street from De Biologisch Dynamische Bakkerij.) Another store I like a lot is Step by Step (3). The window filled with barbie-dolls is a real attention grabber, even more so is the range of brands they sell here: Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Current Eliott, Joseph and (yes thank you Lord) my personal favorite: GGDB sneakers (Golden Goose Deluxe Brand). If you’re looking for something more different, exclusive and most of all graphic, you really should consider visiting concept store The Public Image (4 & 5). Get Glam Rock and Roll on a Skateboard (I can’t find a better way to describe the collection): Your Eyes Lie, Kid Vanilla, MinkPink, Staff By Maff, Actual Pain, Andrea Crews, Pantheone, Blood is the New Black, Jeffrey Campbell shoes and jewelry by Melody Ehsani (to name a few), TPI introduces brands as if it was presenting breakfast. Yes, TPI owner Nele Moens is on a (rock ‘n) roll (or as they say in Antwerp: ‘goe bezig’).

Fresh15

(2) Fresh15 – Lombardenvest 15 – 2000 Antwerp

StepbyStep(3) Step by Step – Lombardenvest 18 – 2000 Antwerp

TPI2(4 & 5) The Public Image – Wijngaardstraat 16 – 2000 Antwerp

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Legs all tired from shopping? Need some caffeine? Wanna listen to some records while enjoying your coffee? Go to Coffee & Vinyl (6). What’s in a name? Owner Lars Cosemans, never shy for a joke, moved his old record-store (called Vinyl) and added a little coffee bar, so people could sit down, relax and listen to their favorite records. It doesn’t stop there though: the bar is also a gallery. Now on display is art by Frederik Schnieders. Free WiFi, great coffee, cool art and good music. What else?

(c) Sien Josephine(6) Coffee & Vinyl – Volkstraat 45 – 2000 Antwerp

For something decorative or something to read i recommend two places! (Studio) Helder (7) offers the most original and practical design. The shop oozes creativity. That’s probably because the team behind this store (an accessories designer and an interior architect who both worked with renowned fashion designer Ann Demeulemeester) use their talent as a platform for presenting their own creations. You can buy a Crying Candle here, which cries tears as the wax burns, or Y-shaped tabletops as a multi-employable base for a coffee table, cabinet legs or even a book shelf. There’s so much to explore in this shop, it’s like a little adventure. If you want to feed your intellectuality some more go to ‘t Stad Leest (8). It’s a huge bookstore which offers you a look inside the favorite books from the owners themselves! Nice personal touch. And open on a Sunday.

helder(7) Studio Helder – Vrijdagmarkt 13 – 2000 Antwerptstad leest(8) t Stad Leest – Steenhouwersvest 16 – 2000 Antwerp

Upcoming things to do in Antwerp:

  • January 22nd – January 27th: FOMU BOOKSALE – the Antwerp Museum of Photography is selling it’s stock for ridiculous prices (Waalsekaai 47 – 2000 Antwerp).
  • January 24th: N8N PRESENTS THE RUS NERWICH QUARTET at (the bar/restaurant with the most beautiful name) Josephine’s – this is one live show you don’t want to miss. They’ll bring their new live show ‘The Wondering Who’, followed with an aftershow DJ set by N8N remixed. Reserve your tables now or just join in for good music and drinks (Gentplaats 1 – 2000 Antwerp).
  • January 26th: DOUBLE TROUBLE X GUS & SENSE X MAGIC at Magic Club – dance the night away on the best dance-classics, brought to you by Gus & Sense (Desguinlei 94 – 2018 Antwerp).

Special thanks to

Ruth Van Soom (just for being you), Brecht Baert (for coffee in golden cups), Nele Moens (also for coffee but most of all for being an inspiration), Lars Cosemans (great apple-pie) and Bart Deweer (for holding his pose while choking on a cookie).

Next episode:

about Food & Drinks. A BYOB-free invitation to Antwerp’s bars and restaurants.

All pictures are under copyright protection

(c) Sien Josephine 2013

Antwerp · Design

Inspiration for the Home

One of the things I can endlessly fill my days with is rearranging the furniture in my apartment. With rearranging I don’t mean moving the plant to the other corner. I’m talking total change. I used to move apartments every 6 months just to have a different kind of room to decorate (yes my “little” hobby is that bad). Eventually, it took about 10 moves all over the city before I found a place worth staying (a little longer) (I haven’t moved for over a year, which is a personal record!). I now limit my passion for interior design to visiting inspiring blogs like The Selby and using the new-found inspiration during my long strolls down vintage design markets. I’m always looking for cheap (not always functional but still cool) furniture or decorative objects.

I recently visited the Antwerp the Dubieus Design Beurs, organised by the Antwerp Winkelhaak Design Center. The Antwerp What organised the What What? The Winkelhaak Design Center is a glass fortress that provides office space for young creatives, such as photographers, graphic designers and product developers. Dubieus Design (literally translated: Questionable Design – which in my opinion doesn’t sound very grateful) is a market filled with curiosities and vintage design from the fifties ’till now. There’s a fine line between design and kitsch. But that’s the way I like my interior! Most pieces are affordable, but there are exceptions, especially when it comes to pieces of known designers. Unfortunately, my tiny budget doesn’t allow investing in real design furniture (yet).

Inspirational Pictures found on The Selby*:

“Who is The Selby? Todd Selby is a portrait, interiors, and fashion photographer and illustrator. His project The Selby offers an insider’s view of creative individuals in their personal spaces with an artist’s eye for detail. The Selby began in June 2008 as a website, www.theselby.com, where Todd posted photo shoots he did of his friends in their homes. Requests quickly began coming in daily from viewers all over the world who wanted their homes to be featured on the site. The Selby’s website became so influential —with up to 95,000 unique visitors daily—that within months, top companies from around the world began asking to collaborate ” (TheSelby.com/about)

Art · beauty · History · Lifestyle · Tel Aviv · Uncategorized

Random aesthetics in Tel Aviv

Renovated building & old water tower (Nahmani Street)

Renovated apartment building (Ahad Ha’am Street)

Habima Theater (Rothschild Boulevard)

Bauhaus Center (Dizengoff Street)

View from “Bet Ha’ir” – former city hall (Bialik Street circle)

Special event hosted by TLV mayor at the former city hall (Bialik Street circle)

“Bet Ha’ir” – former city hall (Bialik Street circle)

the Felicia Blumenthal Music Center (Bialik Street circle)

Nachum Gutman Fountain (Bialik Street circle)

Gruzenberg Street

Art · Design · Fashion · Lifestyle · Music · Tel Aviv · Uncategorized

F . A . D . T . L . V .

Israel’s second city and cultural and commercial capital, Tel Aviv was named “The Mediterranean Capital of Cool” by the New York Times. It’s a city that makes you feel alive. It’s constantly changing, moving, developing itself. Only a 100 years old (which is young for a city) and still, so much to be done. Luckily we have a lot of entrepreneurs here bringing in the things a city needs to sustain its adjective “hip”. The hippest thing in Tel Aviv lately is called F.A.D. It is a 30-day curated pop-up shop of limited edition fashion, art and design.FAD2 fadd15 fadd14 fadd13 fadd8 fadd9

Created by Design Space* and Shoplifters**, this creative space is a multidisciplinary art project featuring all sorts of creative fields. A refined 1000 sqm space dedicated to Design / Contemporary Art / Fashion / Books / Music / Technology / Lectures and much more. From clothing to Art and Design, from flower shop to coffee shop, looking for products from israeli creatives, while browsing the library of magazine and art books. All aesthetic grounds are covered, from classics, to creations by young israeli designers, these girls are are precise collection fed by emotions and creativity. The space is hosting 40 industrial designers, and  18 contemporary artists – from Israel and abroad.

There will be special events including an exclusive private Wallpaper evening. In short: if you’re hip and you’re in Tel Aviv, you’ll visit F.A.D. Whether you shop till you drop, get inspired, do your nails, read a book, drink, eat, “mingle” or just be amazed and look around. Thank you girls – Nitsan, Anat, Gilat, Salome and Emmy.

Come visit: F.A.D. –  Elfassy street 15 – Everyday: 11h-21h, Friday: 10h-18h

Photography Solal Fakiel. High production.

*about Design Space: Design Space was established in 2010 to encourage artistic innovation and provide a platform for progressive art of all media, featuring both emerging and established artists’ work. The Gallery is presenting various fields of design, ranging from furniture and industrial products to diverse art exhibitions of newcomer artists and designers. Through collaborations with various creative sectors, Design Space produces projects and initiatives, extending its vision internationally.
As a gallery, design space organizes solo, collective, and group exhibitions, alongside presenting special projects and events conceived by outside curators.

**about Shoplifters: Unique conceptual Fashion Events – Aesthetic chaos

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