Israeli Design: Visiting Studio Cheha

15 May 2014 0


This Monday I kicked off my blog posts about my recent Israel trip and today I want to share a very special design discovery I made in Tel Aviv. Thanks to my design savvy friend and fellow blogger Chedva I had the opportunity to meet a super cool young Israeli design couple, Nir and Aya from Studio Cheha.

This young couple lives in downtown Tel Aviv and their studio is actually part of their apartment. At first, it was a bit intimidating to enter someone’s home and privacy without knowing the people, but Nir and Aya are such an easy-going and friendly couple, they made me feel at ease and welcomed me like a friend. The open door to the studio caught my immediate attention and I asked Nir to show me around and tell me a little bit more about his latest design called ‘Bulbing’.

‘Bulbing’ is a magical lamp design that combines simplicity, technology and a whimsical 3D-effect. A warm LED light is set in a simple and solid wooden base and exchangeable acrylic shapes with 3D-effects can be ‘plugged in’ – the light is warm, soft and soothing and creates a cosy atmosphere. As simple as the idea seems, Nir has put a lot of work and thought into this lamp design. His early works include those large scale faces made on wooden panels with nails and thread (you can see them on the pics of the studio) – a work of hours and hours. He initially designed the shapes on his computer and projected the image on wooden panels and recreated the design with nails connecting them with thread thus creating a 3D-effect on a two-dimensional surface.

The entire apartment of Nir and Aya was filled with his creative works inducing various wall decor items. Their home reflects their creativity and dedication – I loved how comfy it was and how relaxed the atmosphere was. Moreover, Aya prepared some delicious Israeli sweet treats for us – little tahini-chocolate bites that were so delicious that I had to get the recipe from her!

Even though the ‘Bulbing’ project is pretty new, they have already gained international attention and lots of support – currently the project is being crowd-founded on Kickstarter (and I am a proud backer of them) and if you want to support this creative couple join in and secure yourself one of those cool lamps!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

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  • Reply Kimberly Hughes 15 May 2014 at 07:42

    I love how organic and creative their space feels, it’s rather wonderful! And I absolutely love the lamp(s) – so cool! Thanks so much for letting us have this little sneak peek into their home and studio! xxx

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 15 May 2014 at 08:15

      You are very welcome, Kimberly. I was totally smitten with them, their home/studio and cool lamp! I can’t wait to get hold of my lamp later this year thanks to Kickstarter:-)

  • Reply Baumhausfee 15 May 2014 at 09:23

    Guten Morgen Igor

    Was für ein schönes Atelier. Ich freu mich grad sehr über Deine Israel Postings, weil ich sie äusserst spannend finde.

    Bin schon ganz zappelig, was als nächstes gezeigt wird.

    Fröhlichen Donnerstag.
    Die Baumhausfee

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 15 May 2014 at 19:46

      Danke Dir und am Montag gibt es schon mehr Inspirationen aus Israel! Happy Wochenende jetzt schon!

  • Reply CappelloABombetta 15 May 2014 at 10:53

    All amazing… and the Bulbing lamp are faboulous! I want to contribute 🙂

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 15 May 2014 at 19:46

      Yes please do so – you can support them on Kickstarter and you will receive one of the lamps! I did it already!

  • Reply serenaolivieri 15 May 2014 at 11:36

    These lamps are magical!!

  • Reply Samantha Stansbridge 15 May 2014 at 15:10

    Don’t you just love the homes of creative people! Those lights are totally cool, love the little video too. 🙂

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 15 May 2014 at 19:45

      I was absolutely smitten and so happy to visit the home of such a creative couple. It is one of the benefits of being a design blogger!

  • Reply Reut Pardo 16 May 2014 at 20:25

    Thank you Samantha, the video was created by me :
    And Igor I have to tell you this is a beautiful writing, Nir and Aya are good friends of mine and you managed to describe them perfectly, I realy loved your words!
    Reut Pardo

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 18 May 2014 at 22:49

      Thank you so much, Reut! The video is amazing – it is a perfect visualization and emotionalization of the beautiful BULBING lamp. And I agree – even though I only met them for a short moment I felt that they are a wonderfully charming, friendly and loving couple!

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