edited by Sheila Kim-Jamet -- Interior Design, 12/1/2005 12:00:00 AM
New York's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, takes a look at designers who are united by geography in "Solos: New Design From Israel." The show celebrates how a small community fosters a "wonderful flow between industrial or corporate work and personal, intellectual, and studio work," says Ellen Lupton, the museum's curator of contemporary design.
To illustrate that observation, she and guest curator Ezri Tarazi, the chair of the industrial-design graduate program at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, gathered together 25 production pieces, prototypes, and experimental objects by 19 contributors. Picture curving pieces of aluminum mounted on an oak slab by Safi Hefetz—an innovative way to hold fruit. Or the sculptural tinted-glass table lamp by Ayala Serfaty. January 27–April 23; 212-849-8400; cooperhewitt.org.