Gallery: Bezalel Academy of Arts Presents a “Design Bonanza” at Ventura...

 
The Milan Furniture Fair is in full swing and Inhabitat is on the scene scouring the city for all the latest and greatest green designs. The first stop on our tour is "Design Bonanza", a student show organized by the Industrial Design Department of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel’s oldest institute of higher learning. With an inspiring array of products on display, Design Bonanza explores the true experimental spirit of modern design. From lifesaving objects to a contemporary use of natural textiles, these student designs reinterpret existing materials in an innovative and sustainable way. Professor Haim Parnas, head of the Bachelor of Design program explains, “We believe that eco-sustainability should be in the toolbox of the designers, and in the way they think. Our products speak about the relation of man with the environment, and how they co-exist, using design as the medium.” Jump ahead for our top picks from this spectacular student show!

Here is “Glass Knives for the Post-Modern Neanderthal” by Itmar Foguel. The piece reminisces on the art of breaking rock and glass into tools, as was done by the prehistoric man. It shows how man can manually create survival tools from broken bottles without any raw materials or employing an industrial process.

Rachel Boxnboim’s “Alice” is an interesting mix of materials that combine cloth and ceramics to produce interesting shapes, textures and colors.

“Red Beard” by Shai Lanir is a range of fashionable helmets made of hardened wool in epoxy material, with a removable interior sewn from Cordura and cotton, and lined with polyethylene foam combined with polypropylene.

“Craft Oriented Design” by Rami Tareef studies the hybridization between crafts and modern design, creating chairs using minimal material.

“Preserved” is an innovative project by Baruch Mogilevsky which keeps meat dried and preserved, making it edible for years. This is done by making a rigid capsule of high pressured salt, the hardness of which keeps the meat sealed.

“Lint” by Shelly Simcha aims to give a new life to the lint collected in the dryer to create a blanket by composing the fibers.

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2 Comments

  1. Nathaniel Ross Nathaniel Ross April 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Impressive designs, impressive coverage! Looking forward to more from Salone 2012!

  2. NRoss April 18, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Impressive designs, impressive coverage! Looking forward to more from Salone 2012!

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