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A look at contemporary Israeli design
Creative Roughness – Contemporary Israeli Design, WDC Taipei’s second exhibition of international exchange, was held from July 9 to August 14 and introduced 300 outstanding pieces by 45 artists.
Curated by Israeli designer Alon Razgour, the exhibition showcased an array of ideas, including green power, medical design, 3D printing technology, and organic household furnishings. The show fully demonstrated how one of the world’s driest countries became innovative through the power of design.
The concept of roughness arose in the context of the founding of Israel, a relatively new nation, explained Razgour. Being such a new country leads to a kind of continuous seeking—Israelis crave new works rather than fine ones, as the latter are only possible in a country with long-term stability.
One example of Israel’s ability to adapt to the environment is Lindenberg Industrial Design’s product Green IQ Smart Garden Hub. This intelligent irrigation equipment adjusts irrigation in response to real-time weather forecasts and so reduces irrigation by up to 50%.
Designer Adital Ela’s CRIATERRA series showed the eco-friendly side of Israeli design. Under the concept Dust to Dust, Ela used discarded organic materials and locally sourced soil to create 100% recycled and reusable products. All the items in this series, plates and tables, can eventually be returned to where they came from—the earth.
Another highlight was Peleg Design’s amusing, attractive, and practical household items, such as the cutting board holder. Founder Shahar Peleg invited users to think carefully about their daily lives and see how these alluring pieces could make them reflect on the tiniest details of their surroundings.
Israel is a melting pot of various ethnic groups. Its design capabilities derive from this cultural diversity, with styles combining contemporary geometric lines and exquisite oriental decorativeness. These disparate historical developments have become intertwined in an era of fusion that launched Israeli design, said Razgour.