15 Mar
Damascus FX1 FlexForce Hard Shell Crowd Control Suit

With all the shit going down worldwide — Syria blowing up in flames, the mire in Afghanistan getting ever muddier, Israel threatening to go nuclear on Iran, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria — it’s about time someone took your personal safety seriously. Gone are the days you could just strap on a bicycle […]

11 Aug
Ofra Lapid's series of abandoned structures as scale models

Israeli designer Ofra Lapid has created a series entitled Broken Houses that consists of small scale models of abandoned structures, barns and homes meticulously recreated to seem absolutely real. Using photographs found online as starting points, Lapid makes the scale models and photographs them, isolated in a studio with a grey background so the full […]

Truly finding inspiration amongst his surroundings, designer Kobi Levi has created footwear with humor and an artistic twist. The Jerusalem-based designer graduated from the Academy of Art and Design in Bezalel, and views shoes as a blank canvas to create original art for your feet. His creations range from the absurd and suggestive to the […]

23 Sep
Noga Berman's cat friendly furniture

You know how cats like to crawl into small spaces and get all cute like? I’m not sure what the appeal is — maybe some primitive protection instinct, or just that proverbial curiosity that will eventually be every cat’s undoing. It is this instinct that inspired Israeli designer Noga Berman to invent her Tunnel collection, […]

20 Sep
From a chaise lounge to a ladder to a bookshelf

If you’ve ever needed 12 chairs in one, then the LOOP chair is for you. Designed by Jerusalem-based designer Boaz Mendel, the chair is transformable to a wide range of styles and purposes. Every folding position has a defined function and it is possible in a moment to go from a television chair to a […]

11 Feb
Up recycling bottle caps into fine jewelry

Yoav Kotik designs his Kotik Precious Metal collection of earrings, brooches, rings, bracelets, necklaces and pendents from discarded bottle caps. Although they’re called “Precious Metals”, I’m not sure I see any actual precious metals — unless he’s being ironic, of course. Absorbing the pop iconography of these brands and their well marketed images — eg […]

3 Nov
Palestine vs. Jordan, the Best Soccer Game Ever

When I first found out I was invited to go to Ramallah last week to watch the Palestinian National Team play Jordan in soccer/football/fútbol, I’ll admit I was a bit anxious. Excited yes, but also nervous. Not only about going to the West Bank — you know, that tea kettle simmering at 1 degree below […]

26 Oct
Madman Mundt Is Off To Ramallah

Caught Ciam last night in Jaffa, Israel. I was anxious to see how they’d perform live, and in the end, I was surprised at how amped the crowd was for them. It makes sense tho, as the band was huge in Israel in the early 90s, had their biggest hits here, and they sold so […]