Designers love design. More accurately put, designers love designed objects: the materials, the components, the styles and the thought and effort that goes into creating good, clean workable objects that are so well-made, their design becomes all but transparent to the user.
Take, for example, the humble clothes-pin. Or take several hundred, as have industrial designers Gad Charny and Yoav Ziv. Their collection of clothes pins has received attention
both in Israel and abroad – most recently at Tel Aviv’s Artist’s House as part of an exhibition entitled Designers As Collectors
, which presents the collections… er… make that obsessions… of five prominent Israeli industrial designers. Photo by Yoav Ziv
Industrial designer David Neumark has a yen for mousetraps. After all, if you build a better one
— who recently received a good deal of attention for co-designing a table that protects against earthquakes
— is obsessed with clothes hanger design.
The collection started by accident and not design, Bruno told Yuval Saar of online magazine ReDesign
. “I was looking for an object that could help me demonstrate to my students at Bezalel something very simple but a bit hard to understand: that a simple problem can have many solutions.”
That demonstration was the start of something much bigger. “The hanger is a wonderful platform for ‘industrial sleuthing’; a way to show my students the hidden secrets of machines and processes that enabled the production of hangers, a textbook case of the world of manufacturing…”
The exhibit was curated by Yaacov Kaufman
who, in addition to being a collector of wooden broom handles, also happens to be one of Israel’s premier industrial designers and a professor at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
“I witnessed the encounter between the collectors” Kaufman states. “Each collector sat for a moment in silence, each one with a box filled with his collection, and at a certain point the masks were lifted and the language of serious adult professionals devolved into that of seven year-old children: “I’ve got this and you don’t’. But that’s magic of collections.”