I have to admit, thinking of this week’s topic “Re-Design Your Workspace, Israel Style” has gotten my creative juices flowing. I’m feeling like changing things up a bit and where better to begin than by sorting out what’s going on in my head – or yours too for that matter. Instead of starting with the furniture – desk, chair, computer, cork board, lighting – or with the decor of your office – dark heavy woods, lightly painted walls and a glass-top desk, or a bright plastic repurposed IKEA-style – let’s start with what’s within. Or where the work really beings: with the musings of the mind.
I love beautiful sketchbooks, journals and notebooks. Not only because of the feeling from crisp white quality paper (more exciting than it sounds). But also because, when done correctly, the creativity that happens on the inside reflects what happened on its outside. And on that note, take a gander at the gorgeous writing pads by Israeli fashion and accessories designers Ilanit Neutra and Sharon Brunsher.
Ilanit Neutra strives to create eco-friendly design products by recycling inner tubes and tires into handmade, purses and wallets and other accessories like belts and sketchbook bindings. The sketchbooks above each have 82 blank white pages, of high quality paper, and range in size from 100 x 160 mm to 150 x 230 mm. All are bound with recycled truck tires. I love how Neutra manages to combine elements of the industrial, aesthetic and textural in her work. And you can rest assured that your deepest doodled secrets are safe in these durable rubber covers.
On the lighter and airier side of the design spectrum is ‘lifestyle’ designer Sharon Brunsher who, according to this recent WWD article on her and other Tel Aviv trendsetting Gan HaHashmal designers, mixes old and new, and textural and luxurious with monochromatic and modern. Her pieces range from fashion tops and bottoms to accessories – booties and scarves – to bedding and notebooks. Brunsher’s notebooks below come as a set of three in varying sizes with a chic leather binding. Together the set not only forms a pyramid, in the designer’s own words, but they also literally and visually tell a story. The sentence “Sometimes you should keep a memory forever” appears on the cover of the notepad itself and, obviously, the way you set them down each day may tell a different story. Given their layered packaging and meaning, Brunsher’s notebooks allow you to dream away – of times more chic and where memories were made.
So whether you’re looking for somewhere to hash out your parachute colors or brainstorm your next business venture, these Israeli designers’ sketchbooks give you two very different points of entry: one from the industrial, the other from the ethereal.
See you tomorrow as Re-Design Your Workspace, Israel Style continues