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The Unusual Suspects: 5 Unique Israeli Design Shops | Chedva | June 28, 2013

5 recommended design shops in israel

 

After mentally escaping to Hollywood in last week’s posts (about Barbara Strisand’s design skills and the interiors of The Bling Ring) and gazing at the beautiful rooms Revital Indik decorates, it’s now time to get practical. I get asked a lot about the design shops I recommend in Israel, and today I decided to make a list of design shops that have a little something extra, unexpected and unique. The shops listed here are mostly in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa area, but I’d love to add more from around the country in the future (so if you have a fave design shop elsewhere in Israel, please comment!). Here we go:

1. Furniture for Kids – BeitYeladim.com

furniture for kids in israel

 

Those of you that live outside Israel might not know this, but it’s pretty difficult to find unique and beautiful furniture for kids here. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of furniture shops for kids here (mainly in Ramat Gan, just near North Tel Aviv) but they all look the same, and that means very white-washed and kind of bulky. Tali Rubin returned to Israel after a long stint in the States, where she had a career (and a store!) in children’s fashion. Coming back to Israel, she noticed the lack I mentioned and set to manufacture her own line of beautiful, intricate furniture for kids in reasonable prices. Besides the basic white items, you can find in her airy hangar space in Binyamina a gorgeous princess-like, curtained bed, an inlaid dresser and kid-size Tolix chairs. The proportions of the pieces are perfect for growing kids, and the collection changes seasonally (with great clearance sales between seasons).

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44 HaTachana st, Binyamina (across the street from the train station)
Open: Friday mornings or by meeting (call: 04-6229999 or +972-4-6229999 if you’re outside Israel)

2. Designer Paint – The Paint Store

ralph lauren quality paint in Israel

This is’nt the first time we’re writing about The Paint Store, Orna already blogged about it HERE, but I couldn’t leave it out of this list. Aside from the great quality and array of Ralph Lauren paints in the store, and the wonderful service and expertise, visiting the store is an experience. Instead of the harsh lights of Home Depots (actually, in Israel, Home Centers and Ace shops) or the dusty environment of Tamburiyot (small shops for building supplies, which do have they’re own charm), here you will find a multi-room “apartment” with a beautifully decorated living room (see photo), a dining/meeting room and more. You will be able to see how the shades and hues look in real life, and experiment with different paint finishes (personally, I love the eggshell). This shop is not only inviting but also practical.

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33 HaChasmal st, Tel Aviv
Open: Sun-Thurs 9:00-18:00, Friday 9:00-14:00

3. The Welding Workshop and the Gallery – Amir Gallery

Metal furniture Tel Aviv

From the outside, this building looks like a typical SOSA* building: An old one. With a welding Workshop at ground level, that spills into the street. But if you’d care to climb the stairs, you’ll then discover a beautiful, spacious loft with amazing metal furniture with clean, modern and geometric lines. That’s what happened when a son to a welding family joined a talented architect-designer who studied in the finest design schools of the Netherlands. Even if metal/modern design isn’t usually your cup of tea I recommend a visit. Maybe you’ll even surprise yourself and fall in love with a floral granny metal armchair (yes, this thing exists).

Site
4 Bar-Yochai st, Tel Aviv
Open: Sun-Thurs: 9:00-17:00, Friday: 10:00-13:00

*SOSA is what my friend, designer Samy D, calls the area of Tel Aviv south of Salame street, get it? :)

4. The Jewel Box – Pierre Collins

Pierre Collins jaffa

This is another case of an expat returning to Israel with a renewed passion for style and decor. Businessman Ilan Lebel returned to the country after years in France, where he found a deep appreciation to art-deco and art-nouveau. In his jewel box of a store in Jaffa, you’ll find intricate cabinets, dressers and other case goods inspired by artists like Gustav Klimt and intricately done in gold-leaf and silver-leaf (very rare in Israel; actually, the only other store in Israel where I saw a silver-leaf piece of furniture was BeitYeladim.com). Just try to keep it to one or two pieces, unless you want to dazzle your guests.

Site
3 Ben Prachia st, Jaffa
Open: Sun-Thurs 9:00-18:00, Friday 9:00-15:00

5. The Pottery – 8 In Jaffa

8 in Jaffa Contemporary Ceramics Gallery

And finally, a place that proves solidarity is not only a virtue but also looks really good: ten ceramic designers have come together to form 8 In Jaffa, a contemporary ceramics shop. In a country that has many talented ceramics and pottery designers, yet very few shops that sell their goods (usually you’d have to look for them in the museum shops, in the artists’ own studios or on Etsy) I find this really refreshing. Most of the artists here know each other from a similar space they started earlier in Jerusalem, called 8 Altogether, and everyday at least one of them is at the store, giving advice and insight.

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13 Rabbi Pinchas st, Jaffa (in the flea market area)
Open: Sun-Wed 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-22:00, Friday: 10:00-16:00
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1 comment to the post

  1. LeeLee says:

    Cool design shops.

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