Design house 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The second annual Jerusalem Design Week takes place from Sunday with almost
double last year’s events and exhibitions and more of an international presence.
Run by the Jerusalem Center of Design and produced by the Ariel Municipal
Company, the event gives designers new ideas, knowledge and inspiration and
displays the extensive design work that takes place in Israel.
A similar event
organized by the Holon Design Museum already took place in Israel, but according
to Boaz Bar-Hillel, manager of the Jerusalem Center of Design, “the variety of
subjects and design disciplines on offer during the Jerusalem Design Week is
unique”. Furthermore, the lecturers are world-renowned designers, lecturers and
The opening takes place at the Hansen compound in Talbiyeh, a
fascinating, grand building formerly known as ‘leper house’ after nuns who
treated a skin disease here. The compound was designed by architect Conrad
Schick, a devout German Christian, who fused European, Israeli and oriental
influences. The biblically inspired garden encompasses two acres of stone
terraces, water cisterns and a variety of flora and fauna, including trees over
a century old.
Two design exhibitions will take place at the Compound, with
others at various venues around the city such as the Jaffa 23 gallery
Designers in the City complex on Bezalel Street. Tal Gur, a well-known
industrial designer and lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,
curates the Time 02 exhibition at the Compound.
The week includes an
international design conference and features several international lecturers
including German designer, Jerszy Seymour; French Architect, Yona Friedman
(filmed in Paris) ; German artist, Oliver Laric as well as French designers,
Stephane Barbier Bouvet and Clemence Seilles. The conference takes place at The
Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts and invites a selection of artists,
designers and architects to discuss their work in relation to changing, pivotal
Another highlight is a workshop, which gets 40 non-professional musicians
working and making music together in the spirit of exploring and fostering
creativity. Later that day, the group perform their composition to an
The film Footnote
will be screened at the Jerusalem Cinemateque
with a meeting immediately after with the film’s artistic designers, Arad Sawat
and Ilan Vintraub (motion graphics and VFX). More than 200,000 people have seen
the film directed by Joseph Cedar, winner of the Cannes Festival scenario award
and winner of 9 Ophir awards.
On the last two days of the event, there
will be a fashion design workshop and a recycling workshop suitable for the
whole family at the Designers in the City Complex. The complex includes
designers of various disciplines – ceramic design, industrial design, jewellery,
fashion design and more.
The week is expected to draw thousands throughout
Israel who are interested in all things design. “The week is a celebration of
ideas, knowledge and creativity,” says Bar-Hillel. ‘ The Jerusalem Design Week
takes place December 4 – 9 and overlaps with the city’s Hamshoushalayim
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