Vashti and Esther Purim flag

Modern Judaica by studio armadillo is waved whenever the names of Esther or Vashti are said, during reading the ‘Megillah of Esther’. It is a recently common ritual, that expresses a contemporary feminist reading of the Megillah. Who roles the story? who is the good queen and who is the bad queen? The flag has holes for eyes, like a mysterious mask, it refers to the enigmatic Sequence of events, and balance of power between men and women in the Megillah. Made of wood and paper, the flag will be launched in an exhibition about Vashti and Esther, that will be opened in Neve Shechter at Feb. 20th 2015, (Rosh Chodesh Adar)

 

The flag is waved whenever the names of Esther or Vashti are saidThe flag has holes for eyes, and function as a mysterious maskThe flag is waved whenever the names of Esther or Vashti are saidEsther and Vashti flag made of wood and paper

glass candlesticks – Shabbat candlesticks, inspired by laboratory vessels

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The series was launched in December 2009 at the exhibition “Judaica Twist” at Beit ha-Tefuzot museum, Tel Aviv. The series presented in 2011 at ‘Design in Israel 4’, Design museum, Holon. The Hanuka Menora was given to Prof. Ada Yonat, Nobel prize winner, as a gift of appreciation from Israel Knesset.

Hanukkah Menorah

A series of glass handmade Jewish ritual objects. These new series of Judaica design, inspired by the beauty of laboratory vessels, specially the principle of Connected vessels.

Shabbat candlesticks

These objects present a fresh combination between science and tradition. We were fascinated by the craft of glass laboratory vessels production, the pieces are handmade of glass. The Hanukah Menorah and candlesticks are filled with water and oil, the oil floats over the water, and creates a beautiful effect of brightness and contrast. Colors are dripped and dissolved into the contrary liquids for extra celebration.

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new design for Passover – more than a Seder plate

Towards Passover 2015 we designed a new series of Seder plates, available now on our ‘Judaica for design lovers’ shop on Etsy.

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Geometric Seder plate

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Seder plate for design lovers

 

A playful set, that consist of 6 pomegranate shaped coasters, placed like puzzle parts.

It offers a whole experience of hosting and decorating the Passover evening table.

Made of wood and ceramic, designed and produced in Israel, these pieces have modern geometric style, Judaica for design lovers.

pomegarante seder plate

Set of Seder plate and coasters, pomegranate shaped

modern seder plate

An original gift for Passover

8 reasons why modern Judaica artists love Hanukkah Menorah design

I love Hanukkah! ever since I was a little child! Hanukkah Menorah design is the coolest challenge for Judaica artists and designers, each year dozens of innovative Menorah designs going to market, but, why we love Hanukkah so much?

Well, to be honest, unlike other Jewish holidays – Hanukkah is a holiday of less preparation and more fun, no need to clean or cook, no restrictions, just eight nights of ongoing festival of lights, modern Judaica designers discovered the endless creative freedom in Menorah design.

I thought of 8 reasons one for each of Hanukkah nights, to celebrate Hanukkah with design:

First night –  the Menorah changes every night, each night we light one more candle, lets create a new Menorah design every night! modern designers love modular design, so why not modular modern Judaica?

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Second Hanukkah evening –  Hanukkah Menorah can be designed in any material, shape and color, as long as it has 8 lights and 1 Shamash. We, Israeli designers, love inventions and improvisations, that’s why so many of our Israeli designer colleagues have their own design of Hanukkah Menorah. Looking for a gift from Israel? modern Menorah design is an original idea.

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Third candle – Hanukkah lasts 8 evenings! we have enough days to host and visit all our friends and family! (unlike other holiday nights and their complicated family businesses…) and show off our Menorah design collection.

Sahar Peleg's surprising Menorah

Shachar Peleg’s surprising Menorah

Forth Hanukkah eve. – Hanukkah is such a playful holiday, spinning tops and dreidels captures the hearts of kids, and kids in soul grownups, no wonder collectors love them too.

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Fifth Hanukkah gathering –  celebrating Hanukkah fits any budget, light a Menorah created from recycled materials, or a disposable Menorah made of wax, everything goes!

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Modular disposable Menorah kit, made of wax, by Yonatan Bar Or

Sixth candle – Hanukkah Menorah is also the subject of high end art and craftsmanship, like this adorable ever changing Menorah, designed by one of our favorites – Yaakov Greenvurcell

An adorable ever-changing Menorah, designed by Yaakov Greenvurcelh

An adorable ever-changing Menorah, designed by Yaakov Greenvurcel

Seventh day –  No doubt – the miracle of Hanukkah is beyond nature and science… yet, some Hanukkah Menorah designs do based on science principles, like Shachar Peleg’s fascinating Menorah with its optical illusion, and our connected vessels Menorah, awarded to Nobel laureate Prof. Ada Yonat, by the Knesset.

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Art, science and tradition combined in one Menorah

Eighth, last but not least –  Sufganiyot become prettier and lovely every year, Hanukkah is definitely a holiday of pure joy and beauty.

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experience Judaica design with your eyes and your touch

Our friend, Avichay shelley, came over for a visit. when he reached his hand to the doorpost to kiss the Mezuzah he said, surprised: “What’s that beautiful thing?” and asked us to pack some mezuzahs, one for each door in his newly redecorated apartment.

This was a ceramic mezuzah,  inspired  by origami, an item from our Judaica-for-design-lovers series, it was one of the most special  and exciting feedbacks  we recieved in more than 10 years we design modern  Judaica. Avichay shelly, talks regularly about his life story and about believing  in willpower. He works in the financial market, did his IDF service in the intelligence  division (Modiin)  and is a former winner of the International  Bible contest. During Hanukkah, a holiday of awareness of blind people,  he is especially busy and a sought-after speaker. He travels throughout

Israel riding trains, visiting schools, working places and prisons.

The story of the Mezuzah  design  and Avichay made us to stop for a moment  and think, who are we designing  for and what senses  are we aiming for? This story highlights the idea that design can be perceived  by all of our senses.

This is interesting, when we talk about designing products for people with special  needs or handicapped  people we tend to think about useful and technical  aids, which  aren’t necessarily  refined or beautiful.  This story poses the question -How can one design a product that causes aesthetic pleasure to everyone,  even to people who can’t see, or to people who can ‘see differently’, as Avichay proclaims.

Another artist who is very busy this time of the year is PatriciaO’Donovan,  a puppeteer  who presents  a one-woman  show “A Touch of Light”, based on Louis Braille’s  life. Braille lost his sight when he was three years old and invented the Braille writing system. We had met her in a special day for school kids, which included her one-woman show and our presentation about our Menorah design. We had a pleasant conversation and shared experiences while Patricia ended hershow and we were getting organized for our workshop.

Zelig segal is a great  artist and inspiring  silversmith  who designs  contemporary Judaica. He has designed some exemplary Menorahs, but in this context we remember his work “To Touch

Zelig Segal - 'to touch the light'

‘Zelig Segal – ‘to touch the light

the Light” as providing a

direct artistic experience for people who can not see. Segal wrote:

(This statement is a transcript from the artist’s statement at The Adi Foundation’s website. Segal’s work of art has won the Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and

Design for the year 2003)

“In my work, I wanted to explore the absence of light in the world of the blind person and I wanted to bring him into contact, via touch, with the concept of light. I designed and sculpted six letters in Braille that comprise the words from the verse above; yehi or (let there be light)… The connection between light and matter and the connection between the blind individual’s touching of the letters in relief, bring the blind person and us close to the abstract world, to wisdom, to understanding and to knowledge – light via contrast and touch”.

סדרת משחקי מחשבה לראש השנה – פאזל רימון

חידת מחשבה, רימונים וחלת דבש

פאזל מאתגר, חלקים בצורת רימון וחלת דבש

חידת מחשבה לראש השנה - פאזל רימונים

פאזל רימונים – חידת מחשבה לראש השנה

תחתיות עץ בצורת רימונים וחלת דבש, פאזל לעיצוב שלחן ראש השנה

פאזל קליל – וערכת הגשה ואירוח לראש השנה

המוצרים החדשים שעיצבנו לקראת ראש השנה תשע”ה משלבים שתי אהבות שלנו – אנו אוהבות חגים ואוהבות לשחק.

בסדרת פאזלים מאתגרים לכל המשפחה משולבים חלקים המעוצבים כרימונים – שירבו זכויותינו, ומסגרת דמויית חלת דבש – שתהיה לנו שנה מתוקה. לרכישת מתנה מקורית לראש השנה – בקרו בחנות שלנו באטסי, מי שאוהבים מתנה שימושית – ימצאו בסדרה ערכת תחתיות להגשה וקישוט שלחן החג –  מעוצבת כפאזל.

 

experience Judaica design with your eyes and your touch

Recently a blind friend of ours came over for a visit. Out of force of habit he reached his hand in order to kiss the Mezuzah and was amazed:  “What’s that beautiful thing?”

It was a ceramic mezuzah case, of our Judaica  design  series inspired  by Origami. He asked us to pack some mezuzahs, one for each door in his newly renovated apartment, this was one of the most special  and surprising compliments  we got in more than 10 years we design  contemporary  Judaica. Our friend, Avichay shelly, talks regularly about his life story and about believing  in willpower. He works in the financial market, did his IDF service in the intelligence  division (Modiin)  and is a former winner of the International  Bible contest.

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The case of the Mezuzah  design  and Avichay has caused us to stop for a moment  and think, who are we designing  for and what senses  are we aiming for? This story highlights the idea that design can be perceived  by all of our senses.

This is interesting, when we talk about designing products for people with special  needs or handicapped  people we tend to think about useful and technical  aids, which  aren’t necessarily  refined or beautiful.  This story poses the question -How can one design a product that causes esthetic pleasure to everyone,  even to people who can’t see, or to people who can ‘see differently’, as Avichay proclaims.

Zelig Segal - 'to touch the light'

Zelig Segal – ‘to touch the light’

Zelig segal is a great  artist and inspiring  silversmith  who designs  contemporary Judaica. He has designed some exemplary Menorahs, but in this context we remember his work “To Touch the Light” as providing a direct artistic experience for people who can not see. Segal wrote:

(This statement is a transcript from the artist’s statement at The Adi Foundation’s website. Segal’s work of art has won the Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and

Design for the year 2003)

Mezuzah case design

Mezuzah case design

“In my work, I wanted to explore the absence of light in the world of the blind person and I wanted to bring him into contact, via touch, with the concept of light. I designed and sculpted six letters in Braille that comprise the words from the verse above; yehi or (let there be light)… The connection between light and matter and the connection between the blind individual’s touching of the letters in relief, bring the blind person and us close to the abstract world, to wisdom, to understanding and to knowledge – light via contrast and touch”.

Judaica +Tangram = Reinventing ritual objects

Keeping on reinventing ritual objects, Studio Armadillo launched lately the ‘Tangram’ set of serving trays.

This play full set of geometric mahogany dishes functions as a Seder plate – a ceremonial tableware used on Passover night, to serve and display symbolic foods, commemorating the exodus. ‘Tangram’ seder plate adds a sense of imagination and humor to the Seder table and Invites the reclines to play with this ever changing object, and enjoy the many options to arrange it on the table.

Promise- all kids will stay awake till Afikoman time with this fun and cool Seder plate 

But- why not using it on Rosh-haShanah – the Hebrew new years day? serve the symbolic foods of the holiday, such as apple and honey for a sweet year, or a pomegranate, for a life full of blessings and good

Apple and honey for a sweet year, a pomegranate, for a life full of blessings and good actions.

Apple and honey for a sweet year, a pomegranate, for a life full of blessings and good actions.

use 'Tangram plate' on Rosh-haShana - the hebrew new years day, serve the symbolic foods of the holiday

use ‘Tangram plate’ on Rosh-haShana – the hebrew new years day, serve the symbolic foods of the holiday

those who care about Kosher will choose using it in Passover, or Rosh HaShana, or to have two sets- one for Passover, and one for year round.

those who care about Kosher will choose using it in Passover, or Rosh HaShana, or to have two sets- one for Passover, and one for year round.

Tangram seder plate adds a sense of imagination and humor to the Seder table

Tangram seder plate adds a sense of imagination and humor to the Seder table

Promise- all kids will stay awake till Afikoman time with this fun and cool Seder plate

Promise- all kids will stay awake till Afikoman time with this fun and cool Seder plate

ever changing Seder plate

ever changing Seder plate

actions.

Those who care about Kosher will choose using it in Passover, or Rosh HaShanah, or to have two sets- one for Passover, and one for year round.

This design, reflects Studio Armadillo’s philosophy – offer a contemporary interpretation to ancienseder plate designt tradition. taking an inspiration from the old chinese puzzle of Tangram – is an added value of cultural fusion.

‘Tangarm’ Seder plate and serving tray is handcrafted in Israel, and available in Studio Armadillo’s Judaica shop for design lovers, on Etsy.

Modern Mezuzah – for design lovers

Choosing an original Mezuzah design can be such an inspiring experience,it connects our modern lifestyle to ancient Jewish tradition and Hebrew culture.

Match the style of the Mezuzah case you install in a room to its colors and materials, or to the view reflected out of doorways.
Studio Armadillo’s collection of ceramic Mezuzah cases, offers a new interpretation to Judaica design. inspired by Origami,it adds a sense of cultural fusion and becomes an integral part of your design statement when you decorate of your home, just as we choose other home accessories and furniture.

Studio Armadillo’s Mezuzah collection originally designed and handmade in Israel

The whole range of Mezuzah cases is available in our Judaica store for design lovers, on Etsy.

Modern Mezuzah case connects our modern lifestyle to ancient Jewish tradition.

Modern Mezuzah case connects our modern lifestyle to ancient Jewish tradition.

Modern Mezuzah case connects our modern lifestyle to ancient Jewish tradition.

Modern Mezuzah case connects our modern lifestyle to ancient Jewish tradition.

Studio Armadillo's Mezuzah collection originally designed and handmade in Israel

Studio Armadillo’s Mezuzah collection originally designed and handmade in Israel

orange mezuzah case

Match the design of the Mezuzah case you install in a room to its colors and materials.

Match the design of the Mezuzah case you install in a room to its colors and materials.

Match the design of the Mezuzah case you install in a room to its colors and materials.

כל חדר והמזוזה שלו – יודאיקה עכשווית והלבשת הבית

מזוזה מעוצבת קושרת את החיים בבית העכשוי למסורת היהודית ותרבות העברית העתיקה. הצבעים והחומרים בחדר, או הנוף שנשקף מהפתחים, יכולים לשמש השראה לבחירת הצבע והסגנון של המזוזה, בית מזוזה מעוצב בהשראת אוריגמי, בצבעים שונים, הוא חלק מעיצוב והלבשת הבית, ממש כפי שאנו בוחרים את שאר החפצים והרהיטים  בחדר.
את המזוזות ניתן להשיג בסטודיו בתל אביב או בחנות האינטרנט.
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